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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
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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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A Major Attraction

This was the first attraction I want to see only to find it surrounded by scaffolding as it is being repaired , but still , well worth the walk to find it.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was the first attraction I want to see only to find it surrounded by scaffolding as it is being repaired , but still , well worth the walk to find it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately it was closed when we went but its very close to belem castle and Jeronymos monastery. It was also nice though from the outside to take some pictures

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Bydgoszcz, Poland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The landmark is interesting itself, bigger advantage is the surrounding area of Belem - the riverside with panoramas, torre de belem, monastery

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Been there but it's under construction. Probably because it's not a touristic season. Very disappointed

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was being renovated at the time of our visit. The place is beautifully made, it gives you a sense on the relationship that existed between the Portuguese and world exploration.

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Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of those places that is nice to visit but definitely not worth a long detour. So if in area, get out of car and take some pics and enjoy the walk around. If not close by go see better sights

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This monument is extremely impressive. However, it is currently covered in scaffolding and almost known of the statues can be seen. Disappointing but would still recommend.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly this is impressive and worth a look when the scaffolding has been removed as currently there is very little of it visible. Plenty of other attractions closeby though.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The monument is under renovation, so it doesn't look too good right now, but the area is still a nice place to visit and hang around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here while wandering around Belem. It was slightly disappointing it is currently covered in scaffolding while work is carried out on it. However, being a less busy time of year for tourism this is probably the best time for work like this to be carried out. However, even covered in scaffolding it's still an impressive structure.

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