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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

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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Unique monument

This is very unusual monument in Belem west of the centre of Lisbon. Also in the area are the Jeronimos monastery and Torre de Belém and there is a nice park with an impressive... read more

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited this place as part of the city tour of Lisbon. This is symbolic of Portugal's explorer history. Nice to visit when one has the time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is very unusual monument in Belem west of the centre of Lisbon. Also in the area are the Jeronimos monastery and Torre de Belém and there is a nice park with an impressive fountain in front of the monastery. It would be quite far to walk from the city but we got a train from Cais do Sodre station,... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This distinctive looking monument is in the Belem district of Lisbon, opposite the Jeronimos monastery. It stands at the edge of the river, jutting out over it. It's an interesting looking place and well worth visiting, and it's on the way from the Monastery to the Belem Tower, two monuments every tourist is likely to have on their list. One... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

IT cost 4 euro to go up in the lift or walk the 268 steps, there is lift to the very top and you get a great view of the river front and of Belem. It's reasonable value for money, we stayed about 30 mins.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Padrao dos Descobrimentos commemorates Portugal's Golden Age of discovery in the 14th and 15th centuries. It has 33 sculptured figures of famous Portuguese explorers with Henry the Navigator at the front.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are visiting Lisbon then you will definitely visit Belem tower so you can not miss it from there. It is clearly visible from the top of the Belem tower. You can get great photos there. You have the option to pay and get at the top of the monument which will give nice views of the area and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely walk on the front, one of the highlights being the Padrao dos Descobrimentos. Opportunity to have a coffee, ice cream or just sit and admire the views.

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Cushendall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A beautiful sculpture on the seafront. Groups of men and women looking across the sea to foreign lands

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Art is subjective, and this wont be to everybody's liking, but I found it stunning. From the wonderful world map that makes up the plaza in front of the monument, to the huge figures of assorted seafarers and explorers, I found this a marvellous tribute to the heroes of Portuguese navigation, who opened up the world to Europe during the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had read before that this monument is a modern one, coming from Salazar's times. Yet, when I stood in front of it, from the west, I was amazed of the carvings/figures of the Portugal's seafarers, of the map of the world on the plaza and of the Belm neighborhood as a whole. We did not get inside, but I... More 

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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.
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