Padrao dos Descobrimentos, Lisbon

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Celebrate Portugal's rich history of exploration at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, which was built to commemorate Prince Henry the Navigator and the Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries. Architect José Angelo Cottinelli Telmo and sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida created the original statue for the 1940 Portuguese World Fair. It was later destroyed but then rebuilt in 1958 by the government. Note the monument's square with its marble compass rose, which was a gift from South Africa. For Padrao dos Descobrimentos and beyond, use our Lisbon trip itinerary maker to get the most from your Lisbon vacation.
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  • Quite a nice monument to see, especially at dusk under the golden glow of the sun, when the stonework gleams. It’s not a monument that leaves you in complete awe, but worth a watch if you’re in the ar...  more »
  • Solid monument from the time of Salazar, on the Tagus, near the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Then you can walk to the tower of Belem.
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  • Awesome monument for the discoverers of the maritime Portuguese routes. Very well maintained, it was exceptionally clean (see photos attached). It includes a ton of detail, if you get really close to it and look for them. One of my favorite things to do in Belém. The view from the water to the monument must be amazing, didn't get the chance to do it but would gladly come back to try it!
  • A landmark widely visible, yet the strange mix of modern materials & styles with the old theme & artwork kept me from truly connecting with it. The surrounding area is also a strange mixture of a yacht port, industry, parks etc. Worth a visit if you are nearby, but I wouldn't come out here from Lisbon's center just for this monument.
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