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Padrao dos Descobrimentos

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Address: Padrao dos Descobrimentos Avenida Brasilia, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
Phone Number: +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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Under renovation!

A bit sad to see it like that. I wasn't aware when we visited it. But all monuments need maintenance. Next time!

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A bit sad to see it like that. I wasn't aware when we visited it. But all monuments need maintenance. Next time!

Thank Laurent P
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This monument is probably a beautiful sight. Unfortunately, it is currently undergoing a cleaning, and most of the faces were obscured.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The monument is currently being renovated, and under scaffolding Aug-16. I've seen it before, and it's worth a visit once the scaffolding comes off!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful architecture and the world map near it takes some height and wide angle lens to Photograph. Have at least half a day to enjoy this and the Belem nearby.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful monument even with scaffolding. We did not go inside as it was more interesting from the outside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

No much to see, just the monument itself, but it is very beautiful. Near it, there are some restaurants where you can have a meal and enjoy the view.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately when we visited it was under construction and so you couldn't see the intricate carvings due to scaffolding and boards. A shame, but I'm sure it will help in the long run. If you're going to visit august/Sept 2016 expect to only be able to see the scaffolding, sorry.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When we arrived at Belem and near to the Discoveries monument we noticed that it was all rounded with scaffolding and nothing could be seen of this glorious monument. Inside we could find an exhibition and outside the area there is a large map of all the discoveries that were made by these Portughese genius persons such as Vasco da... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

it was built 50 years ago but the monument, the fllor in front with beautiful marble drawing and the view from the top justify the visit, when you are in the neighborhood

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was really looking forward to taking some photos of the monument and was disappointed to find it entirely covered in scaffold as other reviewers have pointed out. It was still open but really I just wanted to photograph it, so I've had to give it an average score of 3 stars.

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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.