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Padrao dos Descobrimentos

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Address: Padrao dos Descobrimentos Avenida Brasilia, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
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+351 21 303 1950
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Erected in the honor of Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator in 1960, this...

Erected in the honor of Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator in 1960, this is a dramatic work of art in stone that commemorates Portugal's many famous explorers and adventurers.

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Good looking monument

The monument itself is very impressive. The story that goes alongside it, about the expo it was created for and the historic figures it portrays, is a good one as well. However... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Heinsberg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It can get crowded at times, the lift capacity is not huge.If there is a line, try again later. We did that and got a break at lunch time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The monument itself is very impressive. The story that goes alongside it, about the expo it was created for and the historic figures it portrays, is a good one as well. However, it's just a big monument so if you're in the area check it out as part of your itinery. If you're not, don't make the trip especially to... More 

Thank noziuk
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Reasonable price to get in only €4 and children were free, good views and perfect for photographs. You get the lift to the top and there was a small art exhibition at the bottom of the monument.

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Terneuzen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

right location just before the bridge nice for combination photo and a nice view over the taag.Alot of activivty there

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Rochdale, Lancs, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Situated in Belem it's a short tram ride (15) or a long walk and is quite stunning. Brilliant place for photos and a great landmark on the river bank. The figures are all stone carvings and the detail is stunning, you can I believe climb the monument but I chose not to. I was told though that the views from... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very cool statue but not much to it. Wouldn't make a trip just to see it but if you've got time after the monastery, head over. You cross the main road underneath via a tunnel.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

You can see Belem Tower from here but you can't walk to it from here unless you walk along the road. Colourful mural on wall worth a look and view towards bridge excellent. To sit and watch ships going past the river is good

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic views of the city from the top of this monument. 360 degree angle. Great photo opportunities.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is close to Belem Castle so on the tourist route. Just been cleaned so looking very bright. Can get a lift to the top for €4.

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Wicklow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole area of Belem is a must see while in Lisbon. Great place to stroll and to stop by the cafe selling the famous Belem Pastry.

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Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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