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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  • Must-see. If you have only one day in Lisbon this is the monument to visit. Climb the lookout tbm is part of the visit. A monument to the great Portuguese navigators as Vasco da Gama, Cabral and other ...
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  • Beautiful Monument near other monuments to nn losing. Great place to take some pictures. easily accessible by public transport
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  • Large impressive monument with wonderful sculptures on the outside, A lift is available to the top from where there are great views. The only other level normally accessible is the basement which hous...  more »
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  • Worth visiting place in Lisbon. As we know Portuguese are famous for discovery - this place resembles it. Famous for its history - this place is peaceful n it's nearest to Belem tower n architecture museum along with monastery. You can cover all four together in a single place. Enjoy :-)
  • Interesting monument. Didn’t really except much but was fun walking around the area and climbing up to take some photos. If you’re around in town, then definitely pay a visit anyway. Worth the walk along the sea :)
  • Epic statue with some great carvings in, if you can, get close and just look at all the details. Quite a few singers and market sellers around who actually sell nice souvenirs you're interested. Also a great place to experience and learn more about Portuguese History.
  • Beautiful landmark statue and very important in Lisbon for historic reasons. It was made in the memory of a famous Portuguese naval man. The carving and the details in the human figures on the structure is stunning. Built right on the bank of the river Tagus, it is directly visible from the Belem Tower and is just 10 minutes by walk from it. This stretch of the river bank is always full of people due to the two landmark tourist spots. A must visit without a doubt. The city tour buses have a bus-stop at this point too.
  • Great view. The entry price is around 4 euro, with Lisabon card only 3.5 Euro and the waiting time is not that big. There is an elevator taking you to the top and that allows like 8 persons at once. Sadly there is no wheelchair support as far as i can tell as the elevator goes only up to floor 6 and the panoramic point is at floor 8. You would need to climb 2 floors.. 4x10 steps. But the view is splendid. On a sunny day it looks like San Francisco. The 25th April bridge on a side, the yacht parking lot under your nose, the Belem tower afar..very nice. Not even that windy on top...not that feeling that a gust of wind will blow of your phone. Sad part..kinda...the toilets are under capacity I think. Guys toilet were represented by only a toilet and a small sink. Hm... Still...totally worth seeing I would say
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