Padrao dos Descobrimentos
Padrao dos Descobrimentos
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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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Neighbourhood: Belém
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 delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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  • Bonne S
    Hebron, Kentucky87 contributions
    Seriously impressive monument
    There are monuments... and then there's this monument! Somewhat impressive from a distance and seriously impressive in close proximity. It truly represents the history of Lisbon and its wonderful cultural mindset. Worth taking the elevator to the top for the bird's eye view. My favorite is the marble plaza with a map of the world depicting all the places in the world that Portuguese navigators explored.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 4 March 2023
  • tber
    New Providence, New Jersey1,002 contributions
    Give your legs a break and take the elevator to the top!
    A beautiful monument even better up close! Give yourself a break from the many stairs of Lisbon and take the elevator to the top for gorgeous views. It is a 10euro ticket for adults and 5euro for 13-25.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Devon-Elizabeth S
    Herndon, Virginia180 contributions
    Henry the Navigator is from Portugal?
    Totally forgot that Henry the navigator was from Portugal. Didn't know that this statue was here until a friend pointed it out but I'm glad that I saw, it it is an artistic marvel. Best seen from the water so book a boat cruise out,
    Visited March 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • sl094
    Dublin, Ireland44 contributions
    Don't Bother
    We paid €10 per adult and expected to see some information displayed inside. Instead you go up in the elevator and after some flights of stairs you reach the view point. The view is nice however it is not worth €10 per person. The outside is enough to see and is free.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom1,284 contributions
    Good monument
    This is an interesting and well-done monument to Portuguese explorers in the age of discovery. We didn’t bother going inside but did take photos of both sides (different people). Don’t forget to look at the map in the square pavings next to the monument, donated by South Africa - it’s also worth seeing and very well done.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 March 2023
  • Shelagh
    164 contributions
    Amazing monument
    What an amazing sculpture and fantastic views from the top (there is an elevator!) It is in the most beautiful square with an amazing world map on the ground, dedicated along with the statue, to the explorers from Portugal’s past. Well worth a visit
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Reggie
    Regina, Canada946 contributions
    Do Not pay the expensive fee to ride elevator to look out. Total scam.
    Very beautiful statue/monument. Worth seeing. However, paid €15 to ride the elevator to the top to look out. What a complete waste of money. Daylight robbery for what you get. I would call this a total scam. Look from the outside but do not bother with the expensive elevator ride. Btw, we took the stairs down.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Palomino922
    Virginia Beach, Virginia1,066 contributions
    Impressive
    This is quite impressive. You can only imagine every school age child knows each of the explorers on this monument. The Portuguese are so proud of their historical contributions. The marble map in the pavement follow the explorers' travels. You can tell where many of the tourists are from by where they are standing and pointing on the map. The plaza is so impressive with its black and white waves tiles.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Richard T
    8 contributions
    Nice monument, but expensive to go to top
    The monuments is definitely worth visiting for the outside. However if you wish to go up the elevator to the top, this is very expensive at 10 euros adults/5 euros 13-25yo, you're just paying for the views from the top. The views are good, but not worth total price of 30 euros for our family
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2023
  • jeff1955malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5,276 contributions
    Beautiful architecture
    The Padro dos Descobrimen was only built in 1960 but it marked 500 years since the death of Prince Henry. It is 52 metres in height and symbolises a caravel. At the top is the figure of Prince Henry with a cortege of 32 men.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 June 2023
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CarlosMarquesPrivate
Cascais, Portugal5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Visiting the Discovery Monument in the Belém area is an imperative journey into Portugal's rich maritime history and a testament to the Age of Discoveries. This iconic monument, with its towering figures and intricate carvings, stands as a majestic tribute to the explorers who charted uncharted waters, expanding the horizons of human understanding.

The monument's strategic location along the Tagus River adds a profound sense of significance, as it was from these very shores that legendary voyages of exploration set sail. The intricate sculptures depict celebrated figures like Vasco da Gama and Prince Henry the Navigator, immortalizing their contributions to the golden era of maritime discovery.

Wandering through the intricate details of the monument, one can feel the spirit of adventure and curiosity that fueled these remarkable journeys. The Discovery Monument encapsulates not just the exploration of new lands but also the spirit of human ingenuity and ambition.

Beyond its historical importance, the monument provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the river and the surrounding area. As the sun sets, casting a warm glow on the figures of the monument, the atmosphere becomes truly captivating. It's an experience that enriches both the mind and the soul, inviting visitors to reflect on the profound impact of these explorations on the course of history.

In essence, a visit to the Discovery Monument in Belém is an immersive voyage through time, an opportunity to stand on the shoulders of the great navigators and embrace the legacy of discovery that has shaped Portugal and the world. It's a cultural pilgrimage that leaves an indelible mark on those who seek to understand the profound connection between the past and the present.
Written 17 February 2024
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Caroline LP
London, UK183 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is.a beautiful monument and a fantastic tribute to Portugal’s famous explorers and gives access to some fabulous views.
Written 17 February 2024
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VickyLargs
Largs, UK173 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
If you are in Belem and have already visited the Belem Tower, suggest you walk along the river to this monument devoted to Portugals explorers. There’s a better view to the bridge from here and also quite an interesting little square with a map showing all the Portuguese colonial prowess of the past. You can finish exploring the area by visiting the Jeronimos monastery or at least admire its architecture which we did as it was closed for a day.
Written 15 February 2024
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david1892
Tullamore, Ireland390 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fantastic views from all sides of the statue of the city. Entry fee is only €10.You take the lift to the 6th floor and then walk 2 sets of stairs to the top. No time limit on staying but 15 to 20 mins is plenty.
Written 5 February 2024
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James S
Toronto, Canada610 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
After visiting the Belem Tower, we headed east along the river to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos or Monument of the Discoveries.

The Monument was conceived in 1939 and opened in October 1960. The Monument is a 52 metre cement slab over a steel frame that commemorates the various Portuguese explorers during the Age of Discovery. The monument is shaped like the prow of a caravel, the most common type of ship used on these voyages from the 15th to 17th Centuries. There are 33 figures on the monument, 16 on each side with Henry the Navigator at the apex or prow of the “ship” overlooking the river.

The monument sits on a square of beige red and black limestone in the shape of a 50 metre in diameter compass rose. This was a gift from the South African Government. The monument is located just west of the Belem Marina and directly across from the Imperial Gardens that front the Jerónimos Monastery.

Aside from the monument itself there is not much to see here, however a visit could be combined with one to either the Belem Tower to the west and/or the Monastery to the north as an outing from Lisbon.

The Monument is often included as part of tours of Belem with these other attractions. Conversely one can take either public transit to the Monastery and cross the highway and railway lines on the bridge, or the commuter train from Cais do Sodré to Belem station.
Written 22 January 2024
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Quill2005
Ocala, FL228 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Within easy walking distance from the Jeronimos Monastery, the Discoveries Monument is an impressive large monument dedicated to Portugal’s Age of Discovery, a significant historical achievement for this small maritime country. The monument consists of statues of important historical figures associated with the Age of Discovery, with Prince Henry the Navigator appropriately at the front and head of the group. There’s a nice little park in between the Jeronimos Monastery and the Discoveries Monument. To get to it, you must cross an underground tunnel. If you have the time while in the Belem district, this place is worth a visit. Otherwise if you’re at the Jeronimos Monastery, you can view it from afar.
Written 5 January 2024
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Hawaiian Canuck
Vancouver, Canada1,369 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
You see this attraction all over social media and in travel books and you think it’s probably ok to visit for a short amount of time. I went and was blown away at its size, its architectural detail and its storied history. This is worth spending time to look at the details, especially through a guided tour. I was lucky that our guide took the time to explain the figures on both sides of monument and the overall history of Portugal’s amazing age of discovery via their explorers. Did you know that there is one woman featured among all the figures along the sides of the monument? Definitely give this a 40 minute time limit for a visit.
Written 3 January 2024
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avipiti
Hod Hasharon, Israel2,901 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Located a few minutes walk from the Jerónimos monastery, the monument is very beautiful. The detailed sculptures are very impressive
Written 1 January 2024
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Pembs_traveller
Wales127 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
It was a beautiful sunny day when we walked along the front and saw the Padrao dos Descobrimentos. A beautiful sculpture.
Written 23 December 2023
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Lainie L
New York City, NY198 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
I was in the neighborhood of Belém on a tour of Jerónimos Monastery and my wonderful tour guide, Mario, brought our small group here on the way to Belém Tower.

I didn't know about the Monument to the Discoveries so to see it was astonishing. The intricate details and width and breadth of the sculpture is something to behold.

Our tour group didn't go inside because we were on the way to the tower, but the view was free and gorgeous especially on a beautiful, sunny day.

Mario also pointed out the map of Europe on the ground in front of the sculpture detailing the comprehensive journeys of Portuguese explorers.

Definitely swing by to take a look if you're in the neighborhood!
Written 7 December 2023
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