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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Padrao dos Descobrimentos Avenida Brasilia | Belem, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
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All reviews impressive monument belem tower world map portuguese explorers prince henry the navigator tagus river both sides jeronimos monastery viewing platform april bridge vasco da gama worth a visit sunny day discoveries figures lift compass
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was amazed when visiting Portugal for the first time to learn what a powerful maritime force this tiny country had been in the 14th century. No wonder they speak Portuguese in Brazil! The Discoveries Monument (Padrao dos Descobrimentos) was built to look like the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LongIslandMabel
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Monument to the Discoveries is an iconic, local landmark located on the riverfront, a short distance from the Torre de Belem. It is not a place where you will need to spend a lot of time, but you can go to the top for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank EJW3
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a historic monument in Lisbon and actually on the cover of my travel book so we had to see it, it was not that expensive, i thought it was worth the views and to support the discoveries monument, got some great pictures!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank smartin48
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is very cheap to go up and to be honest that is all there is a lift to the top, but the views are great a short visit but nice.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TerryF501
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The whole square and it's natural environment in front of the river is quite unique. The monument is different and special and deserves a visit. Don't forget to enter the place and go up to the roof, you will enjoy beautiful views.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank יוסי ג
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you go to this monument you should take the elevator to the top. The views are amazing. It was opened in August, 1960 and dedicated to Portuguese explorers. Some of the views are the Jeronimos Monastery and then Belem tower. Cost is very reasonable...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sightsee41547
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best place to enjoy the view of the water, the art of the statues and usually some local singers playing amazing music in the background .. very peaceful

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SaraR2809
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must do when you’re here in Lisbon- more impressive I’d say than Belem though of course without the history

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gorkin7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Be sure to either read up on this Discovery Sculpture or have a guide with you. We had seen this when we visited Lisbon several years ago, but were unaware of the subtle meaning of all of the people sculpted there on. Our guide pointed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bsimosd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were there in Oct with a tour group. Beautiful modern representation of historic Portuguese explorers, and a short walk from the St. Jerome monastery. Our guide called the Police to report brazen pickpockets.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank buckeye500
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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 Donat V | Reviewed this property |
Hope it's open, last 2 weeks of April it was closed. Normally it should be open again. But if you really want a nice view over the river and Lisbon: I suggest the monument Christo Rei (at the other side of the river). After... More
18 August 2016|
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Response from ranishi | Reviewed this property |
In mid June, the scaffolding was just going up.