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“Lots to do in Belem & this is on the List!”

Padrao dos Descobrimentos
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Belém District and the Salazar Dictatorship...
Ranked #81 of 460 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 October 15, 2013

When coming from the monastery side of the garden you will only be able to see the side of the monument which looks like a narrow column. It is only as you walk towards the water and to the side of the column that the actual monument is visible. This monument is very significant to the history of Portugal and as such, you need to see it up close when visiting the town of Belem.
Tip: Take a break at the famous patisserie in Belem to try a Portuguese tart from the very shop where the tarts originated.

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

The Descobrimentos monument is a great tribute to a country with such an amazing history of discovery. The size is of the monument is impressive. Each side of the monument has all the famous discoverers Portugal had over the years through their history. It's located in the Belem area of Lisbon and stands at the edge of the Tagus river which is fitting considering all the discoveries Portugal made via ships from Lisbon. There is a viewing platform on the top of the monument for a fee of 3Euros and you can get an amazing view of Lisbon. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

The size is not reflected in pictures or postcards, its absolutely huge. Went here on part of tour so we only had 15 minutes to walk around, would like to have had a bit longer, but go inside and see the map and make sure you go to the front and side to really see the carving of the people in the stone. The water is so pretty, even though it was raining while we were there it is still worth the visit.

Thank Ashley Y
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Not as high as the Christo Rei, but:

It's easier to get to,

The entrance fee is cheaper,

There's less of a crush (at least when we were there),

And there's an excellent exhibition in the basement, with an English printed guide.

The view down on to the map of the world in the pavement below is pretty stunning as well, as are the views along the river front.

Thank franc_o_fyle
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Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

This is one the few places in Belum open on a monday that said because there is no trips its relatively quiet.
Quite impressive and the water front it sits on for a stroll to the Tower of Belum.

Thank Pauly_Dents
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