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Padrao dos Descobrimentos

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Padrao dos Descobrimentos

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Padrao dos Descobrimentos Avenida Brasilia Belem, Lisbon 1400-038 Portugal
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2 Hour Lisbon Sunset and Wine Sailing Tour
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2 Hour Lisbon Sunset and Wine Sailing Tour

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Sail into the sunset for fantastic views of Lisbon while you sip on local wine and listen to live commentary with this sailng cruise. You'll start at Belem, passing by the Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, the Ajuda National Palace, and Commerce Square, learning about the Portuguese capital as you go.
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Beatriz M wrote a review Apr 2021
Dortmund, Germany4162 contributions510 helpful votes
This review is related to going inside the building. I did not know it was possible but due to the reopening of the museums, the entrance was free so I thought why not. The waiting line was long and it is because they were allowing only 2 people inside. You take a lift and you have a view from above. I did not find it very special. You could not see much because the wall is also high and the monument is not that high. I am glad I did not have to pay. If I had paid the normal price, I would be disappointed.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Feb 2021
United Kingdom4043 contributions7783 helpful votes
This is the most striking monuments. Although it can be seen from a distance, you want to go right up to it and spend a bit of time walking around it. It sits right on the waterfront at the same point where most Portuguese voyages of discovery were launched. These were the discoveries that made Portugal a superpower in the 14th century and the monument is dedicated to those who set off into the unknown, armed with 15th century technology and not knowing whether they’d return or not. It’s a massive structure celebrating epic journeys. From the sides, it looks like a highly stylised ship with billowing sails. A crew of 32 limestone figures is assembled, ready to embark on the next expedition. Each of these figures represents an historical figure. It’s a who’s who of the most famous explorers. We found it hard to know who actually was who until we did a bit of googling. The monument’s official website (google Padrao dos Descobrimentos) was extremely helpful and has an interactive page where you can click on an image of each sculpture to ID them. We enjoyed it a lot more once we could identify everyone. Henry the Navigator (1394-1460) who started the ‘Age of Discovery’ in 15th century stands at the front, captain of the ship. Vasco de Gama who discovered the sea trading route to India and Ferdinand Magellan who first circumnavigated the world, are just behind him (on the side closest to the bridge). Interestingly, it’s not just seamen who are honoured. There are also a couple of kings, writers, a painter, a poet, a mathematician and 3 missionaries. Exploration and discovery was a team effort. We also found one woman – Philippa of Lancaster (Henry the Navigator’s mother). She is the one kneeling, with her hands clasped in prayer for the safe return of Henry. There is a lookout at the top (€6) but if, like us, you are also going to visit the Belem Tower, then it’s probably not worth doing this because the tower also has great views. From here, it was a lovely walk along the beautiful waterfront promenade to the Belem Tower.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Vadim wrote a review Jan 2021
Murmansk, Russia20339 contributions2593 helpful votes
Fascist and authoritarian regimes like to position themselves as the logical end of the country's development and the transition to eternity. Accordingly, in art, they love epic paintings and monumental sculptures with many participants from different eras. The monument to the discoverers was erected under the dictatorship of Salazar, in 1960. It was the year of Africa, when 17 African states declared independence. And Salazar's Portugal, on the contrary, fought against the local population in its colonies of Angola, Guinea, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe and Cape Verde to the last. If these were separate monuments, they would be monuments to the discoverer of the sea route to India, Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeo Diaz, who first reached the Cape of Good Hope, Fernand Magellan, the organizer of the first circumnavigation of the world, and Pedro Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil. However, gathered together and diluted by kings and missionaries, these figures are perceived as organizers of colonial expansion and colonial exploitation, paving the way for the slave trade, mass violence and extermination of the local population.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Flitz8-A foodie travels wrote a review Nov 2020
Athens, Greece2646 contributions315 helpful votes
Lisbon icon is Belem tower but for me is this place I loved it , nothing describes it more as place voyagers set out in search of foreign lands and spices
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Valéria wrote a review Nov 2020
Porto, Portugal492 contributions529 helpful votes
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The monument is just beside Torre de Belem and the Jeronimos Monastery! I recommended going in there and get a view of everything! It has a nice walk to Torre de Belem! Just be prepared, it’s a bit windy in there 😅
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Date of experience: November 2020
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