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Padrao dos Descobrimentos

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Address: Padrao dos Descobrimentos Avenida Brasilia, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
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+351 21 303 1950
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Erected in the honor of Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator in 1960, this...

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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Stunning monument

The monument is a short walk from Belem Tower. Although it is beautiful to see, we felt that five minutes of viewing was sufficient.

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I use to take my travelers (I am a tour guide from Israel) to this striking monument at the last day of our 11 days tour in Portugal. They can see and identify with all the main figures that brought Portugal to it's glory . Being there do not miss the map of the world that show you all the... More 

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Cornwall, Canada
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The monument is a short walk from Belem Tower. Although it is beautiful to see, we felt that five minutes of viewing was sufficient.

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Palermo, Italy
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The padrao do descobrinento is a really fascinating monument for many reason. The first one is the story behind the construction and what represent (be sure to know the story when you go) , the second one is the people who are represented in the monument (even people not connected with discoveries), the third one is the surprising view of... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You should just swing by after going to the tower of Belem, but the monument itself is dull. The tower of Belem and the MAAT nearby are cooler.

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Barrow Upon Soar, United Kingdom
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One of the most impressive monuments I've seen. And set in a glorious location (and very near a superb ice-cream shop!). A must-see.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The imposing monument is located on the northern bank of Rio Tejo in Belem, at the place from where the ships departed to explore the world in the golden age of Portugal history. It was inaugurated in 1960, the work of local architect Jose Telmo and sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida, made from the Leiria’s rose-tinted stone and the limestone from... More 

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This is a nice monument. It is lovely to see and the carvings are great. Nice area to spend time looking at monument and looking about and taking in the sun.

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Well worth thirty minutes to take an elevator up six floors and then forty two steps to the top for a gtreat view of the river!

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Visited this monument on Monday 17th April after seeing Jeronimo Monastry. It is a monument in celebration of the great Portuguese Explorers like Henry the prince and Vasco da Gama and the rest which included priests and missionaries. Between them, they helped Portugal discover two thirds of the world. There is a huge world map around the monument which shows... More 

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This large monument to the explorers (with larger than life size statues) is OK to view from land at waters edge, but is much better to see from a boat on the river. There is a map of the world nearby that shows when and where discoveries were made.

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