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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
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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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Beautiful

Nice monument in Belem. It is very popular. It's right on the water so very pleasant place to be. Did not go inside so not sure if i missed anything.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We didn't spend too long at Padros Dos Descobrimentos - We hired bikes from the city and rode along the front, but the view when we got there was simply breathtaking. We were very lucky to have a local English student who wanted to improve his English and so gave us the history of the Statue for free.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice monument in Belem. It is very popular. It's right on the water so very pleasant place to be. Did not go inside so not sure if i missed anything.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Free attraction. Did the monastery and belem tower and this attraction at the same time. Worth a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very beautiful monument and provides great views when you go up to the top of the Ponte de Abril 25 bridge and the monastery. The exhibit in the basement is a bit strange

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is one of those rare monuments that actually take your breath away, seeing it in photos or on TV does not do it justice, it is awe inspiring, and I don't think that about much!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a nice walk from the monument to Belem tower. It is close to Santa Maria church and Saint Jeronimos monastery, so you can pair those 4 things to see in a day. You can also go in and to the top for a nice view

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was sooo impressed with this monument! First of all it is huuuge! It overlooks the river and is isolated at the bank which is great for pictures! It depicts their explorers and in general it stands as a monument to Portuguese age of exploring. It's like a huge ship with a big sword dividing the middle of the monument.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is an important historical monument in Portugal, which is worth seeing once in Lisbon. Its design is stunning with statues of famous sailors. However, other than being a beautiful monument, there isnt much to do here. That said, it is worth a visit once in the area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we vidited, it was half covered with clouds...which made it more impressive. We've not been inside...so no idea if there's much to do here...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It takes quite a while to take in all the detail on this modern monument then you walk around the other side and there is another side to take in . Dont miss the large sword on the land side of the monument

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