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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Padrao dos Descobrimentos Avenida Brasilia | Belem, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
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Imitating the prow of a caravel, the pioneering type of ship used by the Iberian explorers, there are about 30 over-sized figures representing the heroes of the times. At the front stands Henry the Navigator, who masterminded the explorations to Africa. Behind him Bartolemeu Dias...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

its possible to visited the monument but I haven’t had time. The very beautiful view is worth knowing the place where the caravels left.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank andreiafelicino
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Magnificent structure, definitely worth the journey over there. highly recommend making the trip to see it

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lisamarie b
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to see a monument to the Portuguese explorers, with henry the Navigator leading the way. What is also impressive is the mosaic maps and the wavy mosaics to represent the seas. We had stunning weather so that helped us to find time to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LJ M
Reviewed 5 days ago

This monument of discovery is highly impressive as it stands on the northern bank of river Tagus and just across Jeronimos Monastery. It is a 20th century structure which has statues of Vasco de Gama and Magellan and other discoverers who travelled the world which...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kalindi D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Totally inspiring and moving. I didn’t fully appreciate Portugal’s legacy in shaping the world and my understanding of it has been greatly enhanced. Worth a stop when in Belém

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank samuelabrams
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really beautiful monument with a really interesting back story. Definitely worth walking out of have a look around

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stephierin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The historical meaning of this monument is inspiring, it was so big it was really astonishing and fantastic. Look how small i looked ( 185cm)

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank hanseike_
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good atmosphere here and really good location as other attractions is nearby good view definitely should come check it out

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lisaxo73
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well, this is one of those spots everyone should step over...When you cross the street to the river side you will be immersed in the Portuguese descoveries' memories! Starting with the Wind-Rose drawn in the pavement "Calçada Portuguesa" that will help anyone to understand the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AnaPedro-AnaPedro
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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
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January 23, 2018|
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Response from tremveracruz | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a padlock structure, not a bridge, near the monument.
June 1, 2017|
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Response from Donat V | Reviewed this property |
Hope it's open, last 2 weeks of April it was closed. Normally it should be open again. But if you really want a nice view over the river and Lisbon: I suggest the monument Christo Rei (at the other side of the river). After... More
August 17, 2016|
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Response from ranishi | Reviewed this property |
In mid June, the scaffolding was just going up.