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Padrao dos Descobrimentos

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Address: Av. Brasilia - Belem, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 303 1950
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Huge, impressive monument

I was really surprised by the size of this monument. It's probably beautiful too, but I couldn't get a clear view on it as construction work was going on. You have to pay if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Geldermalsen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You always see this in the travel brochures and I was really anticipating seeing it. Truth be told, it was dirty and covered in scaffolding. You could not get a clear view from any angle. Also it's quite a ways from town via tram.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was really surprised by the size of this monument. It's probably beautiful too, but I couldn't get a clear view on it as construction work was going on. You have to pay if you want to enter it, which we didn't do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You don't really appreciate how impressive this piece is until you get close enough to see how large it is! Lovely backdrop created by the bridge over the water, and a nice area for a stroll

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We got time on the coach to vist this place and I must say if you don't go anywhere else go and see the voyagers of discovery and take of picture.its a very memorable experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As the reviews say, this is worth the time to have a look. The sculptures are awesome and it is a pity that when we visited there is scaffolding over some of them for maintenance. Make sure you see the "map of the world" in front of the monument in the square and when / where Portugal's discoveries where made.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I did not think this was going to be as impressive as it was. You can stroll over from the cathedral and while Jeronmios was impressive, it was at this monumnent that I actually daydreamed and began to imagine what it would have been like to be a navigator or an adventurer. Seriously did not expect it to affect me... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the places that you need to visit if in Lisbon. At the moment has scaffolding around it which means that you loose some of the lower sculptures. As you walk towards it remember to look down at the ground in front where you will see a map of the world and a time line of Portugal's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its a great tribute to the discoverers of Portugal. The building was having some ongoing construction work drink our visit. We went atop the monument for some lovely view sod the Monastery and bridge and river of Lisbon. Great picture opportunity there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took a red bus tour but I recommend you to take grey line tours because they cover all the main attractions in the city along with the guide. Wherein red tour is just a bus , you can get on and get off the bus any time you want. You have to see on your map and you have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good landmark in Belem. Called discovery monument. Can be clubbed with visiting Jeronimo's monastery

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Staying in Belem

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Belem
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.