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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  • The default dos Descobrimentos is a beautiful monument composed of beautiful sculptures and impressive architecture. It depicts the historical development of Portugal towards the sea thanks to the work of the sagre and infant school Haha. It is honored the heroes discoverers and the monument is full of meanings and information. Located on the banks of the Tagus River, in the District of Bethlehem and a place not to be missed in Lisbon. The monument is a great tribute to the Portuguese navigators. In addition, browsers encouragers portrays, poets, priests, soldiers and other characters that were part of this epic. Built by Portuguese architect Cottinelli Telmo to immortalize Infante Dom Henrique and Portuguese adventurers responsible for overseas adventures. It depicts in 32 statues historical characters: the Infante Dom Henrique, Bartolomeu Dias, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Luís de Camões, Queen Philippa of lencastre, Gil Eanes, King Afonso V of Portugal, Pedro Álvares Cabral, João Gonçalves Zarco and many others as priests, writers, Governors, painters, mathematicians, who were part of this story. You can climb to the top of the monument, (4) where there is a beautiful view of the city, the Tagus River and its bridges, the Tower of Belém, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Belém Palace among other attractions of the neighborhood. In the square is located at wind rose with the chronology of the Portuguese expansion 1418 coming to Madeira, the Azores 1927, 1944 to Cape Verde in Atlantic Africa, 1488 to the Cape of good Hope around Africa, 1500 in Porto Seguro Brazil and Madagascar on African coast related to the Indian Ocean, 1505 in Ceylon. Importyante quote that the Portuguese were before Columbus in North America and Tierra del Fuego. Worth knowing and take beautiful photos.
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  • I recommend! Doing great! The characters very well rendered, without problems find and recognize the Meuse explorers.
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  • Been there a week back. It was outside Lisbon but took about 25 mins in taxi. It has been built not too long ago. From outside it represents the Early Navigators and looks amazing. One can pay 5 euro for the ticket, go to the top easily, have the view from there and that looks super great. On one side you have river, other side the city. Also, one can have a clear view of sunset. Definitely worth to go there.
  • Nice piece of history. It shows explorers of Portugal. You can climb on the top of the monument. As a surroundings, you can walk around beautiful square. There is a map of the world with places and dates discovered by Portuguese. It wasn't crowded that much but I visited Lisbon in off-season - September.
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