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Erected in the honor of Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator in 1960, this is a dramatic work of art in stone that commemorates Portugal's many famous explorers and adventurers.
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Padrao dos Descobrimentos Avenida Brasilia | Belem, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
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Thes is a beautiful monument right on the water with statues of all the Portugal explores around the base. You can go to the top inside for a great view don’t miss it.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This beautiful escultura pice with the most important Portuguese sailors is situated in the Belem zone where you can find others importants monuments

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank goncalvesjosepcf
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really awesome monument! It was afternoon when we got there and the line was long so we didn’t wait around to go inside. But I know you can go to the top and see everything around. The sculptures on the side are huge and look...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Caitermelon
Reviewed 4 days ago

This LARGE monument is so beautiful! The carving is so intricate and just stunning! It's not walking distance from central Lisbon but worth the short time it takes to get there and see it.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank KYtraveler79
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is quite the impressive Monument. After being built in 1940 only meant to be temporary it was reconstructed in 1960, this time it was meant to stay. The year that marked the death of Infante Dom Henrique (Henry the Navigator) 500 years ago. It's...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Bandit-One
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had caught a tram to visit the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos at Belem. After visiting the monastery we made our way down to the adjacent waterfront area to have a good look around there. This was where we came upon this immense and impressive sculpture...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank BigHugh51
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is totally a modern built achitecture, in memory of the time of discovory. Great view together with the Ponte 25 Abril and the Tejo River. Most importantly, it is a symbol for adventure spirit.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

After our visit to the Santa Maria de Belem church, we proceeded to The Monument of the Discoveries. It is a monument built on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary in 1960. Located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GreenThumb331
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were very taken by this monument with its beautiful carvings. If you go up the lift to the top you get a great view of the Belem Tower, statue of Christ and Monastery. You also get given a leaflet explaining who all the figures...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Wombling_Free_7548
Reviewed 1 week ago

Capture in one place - so many world famous explorers that truly sailed and settled the world. The large world map reproduced on the grounds depicts the voyages of discovery and extraordinary length and breadth of the Portuguese expansion in the late 15th century. South...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries"
and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire
day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos
Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries),
museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and
breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your
visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of
restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and
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23 January 2018|
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Response from tremveracruz | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a padlock structure, not a bridge, near the monument.
1 June 2017|
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Response from Ulysses336 | Reviewed this property |
I really didn't count the steps but I think there are no more than 50 and not steep to climb ; after all,it is a relatively new monument with normal steps,nothing to fear !
18 August 2016|
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Response from ranishi | Reviewed this property |
In mid June, the scaffolding was just going up.