Padrao dos Descobrimentos

Padrao dos Descobrimentos, Lisbon: Address, Phone Number, Padrao dos Descobrimentos Reviews: 4/5

Padrao dos Descobrimentos
4
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Top ways to experience Padrao dos Descobrimentos
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Belém
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.
Popular mentions

4.0
11,176 reviews
Excellent
4,851
Very good
4,402
Average
1,568
Poor
255
Terrible
100

Emma
Manchester, UK1,161 contributions
Dec 2021
It’s a statue you will see on the way to Belem tower, worth stopping to see and usually as busker outside but nothing spectacular
Written December 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marchelle B
26 contributions
Nov 2021
This monument is unbelievably beautiful up close and personal. Didn't take the elevator to the top, but the view from below was just as amazing.
Written December 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ugo100hmonte
Natal, RN495 contributions
Nov 2021
It's basically a beautiful monument to see and take beautiful photos, but the way between Padrão dos Descobrimentos and Torre de Belém is very pleasant.
Written December 6, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Niall
Dublin, Ireland10 contributions
Oct 2021
Very nice view from the top. Elevator provided. Exhibition downstairs is nothing special. Cheap and well worth doing
Written November 30, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marc_and_Kim_Z
Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany2,000 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Walked down and was surprised how big it is. Mural on the ground in front shows the world and dates Portugal found it. Beautiful view of the bridge.
Written November 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

schmidtmg
Switzerland944 contributions
Nov 2021
This is a monument to the memory of Portuguese maritime discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries. Situated on the Tagus river waterfront in Belem, not far from the Mosteiro Jeronimos and the Belem Tower, it is well worth visiting. There are many guides available who will be able to give an overview of the history of Portugal's maritime discoveries...
Written November 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Darren L
Queenstown, MD590 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
This is another great stop along the waterfront. It probably is best appreciated with a guide who can explain the whole history and who’s who of statues.

You can go up, and I’m sure the views are incredible. We did not try it, however. We are told it is via elevator, though, which is a plus (you’ll get plenty of exercise around Lisbon already).
Written November 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

nadi O o
Israel1,155 contributions
Nov 2021
The most impressive monument in Lisbon, may be even in entire Portugal. Striking beautiful monument with all the main historical figures of the Golden Era of great Portugal - Era of the discoveries.
If you prepared some homework on Portugal history - take the small leaflet in the entrance which tells you who and whow are the figures on the monuments.
Written November 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Linda Y
Frisco, TX4,562 contributions
Sep 2021
This larger-than-life stone monument, located in Belem on the north bank of the Tagus River, celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery/Exploration during the 15th and 16th centuries. Designed in the shape of a ship, it sits along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and the Orient. Built in 1960 to honor Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator, it also commemorates Portugal's many famous explorers and adventurers (see if you can find Prince Henry’s mother, Queen Filipa de Lencastre, who is also portrayed here). Along with nearby Belem Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, the area is an interesting introduction to Portuguese history that you don’t want to miss. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the line for the observation deck moved slowly but the views were worth the wait and price.
Written November 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

maserk
Colorado Springs, CO1,367 contributions
Sep 2021
Although I wouldn't make a trip to Belem just to see this one monument, it is well worthwhile visiting while also seeing the Torre de Belem and the Mosteiro de Jeronimos. The images carved on the monument were quite impressive. The waterfront area is nice to walk along. It was still warm even in the end of September, so many people were trying to stay cool drinking fruity drinks served in pineapples from vendors nearby. We didn't go to the top of the monument but we enjoyed seeing it from below. You have a pretty good view of the April 15th Bridge across the Tagus River, and there are sailboats and tour boats going by. Probably the most fun thing about it on the day we visited was a guy singing and playing guitar on the edge of the water. He put a smile on my face.
Written September 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 2,972
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Padrao dos Descobrimentos

We recommend booking Padrao dos Descobrimentos tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 280 Padrao dos Descobrimentos tours on Tripadvisor