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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  • It has always been a dream of mine to visit this stunning memorial to the great Portuguese explorers. This year I had the wonderful opportunity to pay homage to the monument and the explorers enshrined in it. It certainly doesn't hurt that the world famous Belem Pastry shop is only a few blocks away and I could also indulge in some incredible Portuguese custards!!
  • Impressive monument, both modernist and figurative, to the great Discoverers of maritime trade routes in the early Renaissance. Shaped like a ship in full sail, there is a lift to the top with a wonderful view of Lisbon, the Tagus and the sea. Spot the sculpted sword that hangs the height of the building above the entrance.
  • Such a wonderful place. Amazing workmanship and well worth a visit. So much to see all around and also close to the Belem tower, the monastery and National museum. I would suggest getting a pass for the excellent bus service available in Lisbon, very cheap and can take you to more of the sights in this wonderful city.
  • Elegant and huge statuary. Large fort to prevent invaders going up river. Lovely sea front, cycle path, toilets, stalls, buskers, huge tiled floor map of the world showing where the Portuguese sailed to in the 15 century. boat trips, hop on hop off bus,very lively.
  • From above you can enjoy a sensational view on the ocean and the city. There is a high edge which does not allow visitors to look down to their feet but only long-distance landscape, which is why you do not really feel the vertigo
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