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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  • Palomino922
    Virginia Beach, Virginia1,029 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Malaysia6,164 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • kimwillrule
    Singapore, Singapore5,805 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Second best to monastery in Belem
    Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Belem Portugal: You can’t miss this dramatic prow set against the blue sky stacked on the blue sea. I vote this as the most visually arresting piece in Belem. Created in 1960, it features Prince Henry the Navigator at the forefront. Skip the tower climbing, the view is best seen from the exterior against the dramatic sea. #eatstylishtravelstylish
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Scotty102
    Innerleithen, United Kingdom653 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views from the viewing platform
    Went up to the viewing platform which cost €10, as I knew you could get some stunning photo’s of the Jeronimos monastery & gardens from the top, and it didn’t disappoint, really good views from the top. The lift takes you up to the 6th floor and there is flight of stairs to the top. The monument itself is ok, but it was the viewing platform I was only really interested in.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 June 2023
  • IAN D
    Wigan, United Kingdom25,320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favourite
    Been visiting here for 19 years but this is the first time I have been to the top of the monument. You get great views of Belem and also the mosiac of the world in front of the statue. I always say this is my favourite monument and it still is.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Patty B
    Nashville, Tennessee1,413 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Statue, Lift Broken for Trip Down
    I had seen this on TV and wanted to go there on our trip to Portugal. Our Uber let us off by the Belem Tower, which was far from the monument. We thought we were in the wrong place and asked an official looking man at the tower. He said he didn't know where it was. I must say between Madrid and Portugal these are the most unhelpful people I ever met. Not friendly or non- existent seems the norm. A scowling face is though !!!! We walked around on a lovely walkway over by the Museu Do Combatente. This is a lovely walk with great views , I thought we must be in the wrong place. Just then we met a wonderful woman walking her dog, we chatted with he, and she told us where it was. She was American living in Portugal. It was in the opposite direction, a long walk! When we found it, it was as spectacular as the photos. Both sides depicting these life size statues. We realized we could go to the top of it and that was amazing. Again, we got in line not knowing if that was the right place to be, or did we need to purchase tickets elsewhere. Of course no one to ask. We waited and finally got in and there was the counter to buy tickets, 8.50 euros each. We took the lift up to the top and spent time just looking at the fabulous views from all sides. When it came time to leave the lift was broken. We had to take the stairs down. We were told this is not uncommon. Also no one to tell you about this except the people who just made the trek up. I don't know what you would do if you could not climb stairs. I went to the ticket counter and asked if there was a refund for the broken lift experience and was told NO. The people who took the stairs up said no one knew when it would be fixed. Bear that in mind if you want to go to the top. It was really breathtaking from the top, the walk down not so much.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Mary A
    Melbourne, Australia60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Magnificent Monument
    This is such an impressive monument! I wish there was a bit of information about who all the statues were - but it didn't really matter, as it is a magnificent sight. We went up to the top - but I think it was pretty overpriced for 10 euro. Especially as we only stayed up there for 5 minutes. Worth seeing from the outside alone.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • rayraysworld
    Warwick, United Kingdom1,926 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    a must see
    took train from lisbon station by the Time Out market. easy as the line starts there. so u get off at Belem and then return on the opposite side of the track and there's a bridge that you use to enter and exit Belem station so getting lost on this line would be difficult. however, the train is not like the subway and there is no notification as to where you are stopping at any stop. luckily we were looking left out of the window in the direction we were travelling and saw a Belem sign on the platform. the monument is impressive and worth seeing from both sides. we never went up to admire the view but it's still worth seeing. it's close to Belem tower and also over the road from a nice monastery/church. was on our list of things to do in lisbon and we are glad we went to see it
    Visited August 2023
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia2,633 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unmissable.
    Whether this monument inspires patriotic fervour in you or not it is an impressive monument to Portuguese history as it is now interpreted. We spent quite a while examining both sides and trying to identify those represented. Henry the Navigator is the only one we could positively identify! It's a monument on a grand scale and well worth visiting.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 August 2023
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Olivia
Glasgow, UK4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The exhibition about African diaspora in Lisbon was fascinating and worth while however the viewpoint was nothing particularly special and for €5-10 it can be skipped unless you are dying to see inside.
Written 17 May 2024
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ArtsyGalBaltimore
Maryland834 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This monument is monumental! As was the Portuguese naval prowess. We only viewed from the outside, but should have sprung for the entry fee. it is very impressive and I can only imagine the view from the top.
Written 2 May 2024
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lucycan
San Diego, CA3,486 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This monument, built to celebrate (brag) about the many explorers that Portugal had, is one of the many sights to see in Belem. This one has the option to go to the top but we did not as the line was long and it was very windy. Nice spot to take pictures.
Written 2 May 2024
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wireless_in_CA
United States7,429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This was one our favorite spots to see while visiting the Belem area. It was shaped like part of a ship’s bow with statues lining up behind King Henry the Navigator.

We only walked around the monument and relied upon the Rick Steves book to help us figure out who all were immortalized here. It was predominantly men but the lone female was the mother of King Henry.

The huge mosaic square behind the monument was impressive. It was a gift from South Africa and included a huge compass surrounding a map of the world tracing Portuguese sailings. I guess if we entered the monument then we could’ve seen it in its entirety but being up close showed all its details.
Written 10 April 2024
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Travel with Sean
Madison, WI527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It's easy to get to and free to see. Take any bus or train to Belem and cross the street. It's down the street from Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. On both sides of the monument are carvings of the great explorers of the 16th Century and one woman who was not one of them. She was the mother of Henrique o Infante, who was Prince Henry the Explorer.
Written 31 March 2024
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Vincent C
464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Quite pretty but busy as well. If you are in the area and on the way it is worth a visit. Across the street from the tram/train so easy to get to.
Written 26 March 2024
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HolidaymakerfromHove
Brighton and Hove, UK2,289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Amazing monument located just a few minutes walk away from the Belém tower.

Located next to the river.

Highly recommended. Worth going out of your way for.
Written 24 March 2024
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mrsoverall2001
Addingham, UK762 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fab monument to the explorers.
We went here as part of our "coast day" we included the Belem Tower, the Arch, and The big Square, deffo worth a visit, lots a little stalls selling juice/wine/beer/tapas etc
Written 16 March 2024
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Caroline LP
London, UK1,309 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK737 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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