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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  • everything very well, you can climb up to above, deserves the penalty by the views that are impressive ticket = 5 €/ pers
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  • Great view of Lisbon, the Belem Tower, beautiful Park walk, at the top of this monument. Magnificent frieze to its base.
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  • A beautiful testimony of the history of the country a beautiful view and a beer at the foot of the monumental do not forget l apppareil phoo
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  • Uma vista fantástica sobre Lisboa um ponto de passagem obrigatório (especialmente aos domingos ou feriados, pois a entrada é gratuita). Passem por lá ao por do sol e esperem pelas luzes da cidade. 😉 Amazing view of Lisbon, definitely a spot worth checking if you have limited time (Sundays and Holidays free entrance). My advice: Check it by sunset and wait for the city lights 😉
  • A nice monument to the explorers. Free with your Lisboa Card. The view from above is nice, you can see the map clearly, but there's always people standing on it. If you go early enough before the crowds you might be lucky to get a clean shot.
  • This is a great monument to some of Portugal's explorers - some of whom made the world a better place, and some, not so much. It's bigger than you would think, and we had a great time strolling along the bay at its base.
  • Beautiful statue...with amazing top view! The statue was built for paying tribute to Navigator Henry. If you have enough time, don't forget to visit the museum near here!
  • Great place to take the historically-inclined girlfriend on a Sunday afternoon. I didn't go to the top but I'm sure the view of the river and the city would be amazing.

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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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