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“Homage to the Great Portuguese Explorers of the 15th and 16th Centuries”

Padrao dos Descobrimentos
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Belém District and the Salazar Dictatorship...
Ranked #82 of 485 things to do in Lisbon
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

The monument was built in 1939 for the 1940 World's Fair. It has an art deco style and a golden color, and because of its dramatic location on the shore of the widest part of theTejo River, the 171 foot monument really stands out. Honoring the great explorers of the Golden Age of Discovery, there are representations of Henry the Navigator, Magellan, da Gama, and other notable explorers. It's a wonderful structure and you can actually go inside and walk around the different levels, as well as go to the top and get amazing views of the city.

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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Pray for the Sun.
No rain.
This is a great place to visit.
Excellent energy around it.
Lovely pics one can take...
I highly recommend it...
Bhagwan

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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Visited here as its up the promenade from the Belam Tower. A really impressively sculptured monument. Not sure the queue was worth the wait for the trip to the top. The beauty of this building is in the size and detail of its external design not a fairly ordinary panoramic view of a non too picturesque working river and its hinterland.

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

The monument of the Portuguese discoveries is an interesting modern structure surrounded by sculptures representing the main actors of the Portuguese discoveries, mainly 15th and 16th centuries. It was conceived for a temporary exhibition opening in 1940 – Portuguese World, in Belem area. It is by the river, and you can admire it for free, you only pay to go up to the top and see the views. From the monument you see the river, the bridge, and inland you have Jerónimos Monastery. In the area you can also see the National Coach Museum (maybe one of the most important in the world) and the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Queue for 20 mins. Elevator to take you up and one storey to climb further to reach the top. View is satisfactory. Same way down and a small museum/gallery at the basement. Entry fee for adults €5.

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