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“A striking monument”

Padrao dos Descobrimentos
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Ranked #82 of 473 things to do in Lisbon
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 6, 2013

A striking monument celebrating the Portuguese age of exploration. We tried to identify Ferdinand Magellan among the carved figures in the monument; he is known to be the first to circumnavigate the globe. In so doing, Magellan and his Spanish fleet discovered the beautiful Philippine archipelago.
Paid Euro 3 to go up to the top. Worth it because we took lots of beautiful photos from there.
I love this place by the river. We walked around and leisurely enjoyed the scenery and grabbed a fruity gelato from a nearby snack bar.

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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Gigantic Monument with great craving. Should pay a visit here and walk along the beach from Bellem until there. Peoples jogging around and fishing scene could be seen. Tourists from various country were around. There is one small architecture of this monument at the site of it. If you find it hard to picture the gigantic ship, you may try that in full picture with that model. Enjoy!

Thank PeaQubed
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Since our last visit 5 years ago, the pristine white bloom on this spectacular monument is showing patches of grey. But then this is Europe 2013 and the Germans are running out of money to prop up their spendthrift co-members. It is a most unusual concept. Shaped like the prow of a ship, there are fabulous sculptures on each side honouring the country's 32 most celebrated navigators and culminating in the point of triangulation nearest the water in the dominating figure of Henry the Navigator who started the whole enterprise of marine discovery. Based on an earlier version erected for a World Exhibition, the final construction in 1960 was intended to mark the death of the great Henry. The carving of the figures and the composition of the elaborate group is anything but modern, thank God. The craftsmanship and artistic skill match the work of any of the great sculptors of the Renaissance. Dramatically perched on the very edge of the Tagus, it is beautifully landscaped in elegant tiling, a large component being a mosaic compass donated by the Republic of South Africa. Entry. costing a few euros, offers the chance of a good toilet, an interpretive exhibition that will not take up too much of your time, and an elevator to carry you to the top where you will have a fine view over the whole Belem area. Note that he elevator stops one flight below the summit, and after that you are on your own two legs. With a "shooting themselves in the foot" gesture, the city fathers have stupidly cut off the shoreline at this point from the rest of Belem by allowing construction of a railway line to Cascais ( or by not getting rid of it, as it probably came first), but with perseverance and a bit of help from the locals, you will be able to find an underpass that will take you safely across the obstruction.

Thank davidgoldberg1
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

BUT it's a bit of a challenge to photographers if you try to photograph the upstream side. See my composite photograph illustrating the spectacular failure by the Local Urban Planning department.

Thank Antloneng
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

I would recommend checking the site from the outside, but not paying the fee to climb to the top. Save the entry fee for the Tower of Belem!

Thank JubilantBeggar
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