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Padrao dos Descobrimentos

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Address: Padrao dos Descobrimentos Avenida Brasilia, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
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+351 21 303 1950
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Erected in the honor of Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator in 1960, this...

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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Impressive monument

An impressive monument along the waterfront in the Belem area. Ensure you take time to view it when you're visiting other attractions in the area. You can pay to go up inside but... read more

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Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Monument to the Discoveries was originally created as a temporary piece in 1940 for the Portuguese World Exhibition. It was recreated in 1960 to commemoratae the death of Henry the Navigator. Although he was neither a sailor nor a navigator, Prince Henry sponsored a great deal of exploration that caused Portugal to establish their first colonies, as well as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

An impressive monument along the waterfront in the Belem area. Ensure you take time to view it when you're visiting other attractions in the area. You can pay to go up inside but I didn't.

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Laurel, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Since you must go to Belem at least once while in Lisbon, you should stop and pay a visit to the Padrao dos Descobrimentos. Right across the park from The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos you should make your way over. Especially on a pleasant sunny day. Be sure to got the top, via elevator, for a remarkable view (4 Euro). Dine... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An amazing monument dedicated to the age of travel and discoveries located in beautiful Belem is one of my favourite places. You can climb up for a few euros or just relax and enjoy the sun at the bottom. Some really good restaurants are near by and musicians to help you relax and enjoy your day

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It can get crowded at times, the lift capacity is not huge.If there is a line, try again later. We did that and got a break at lunch time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The monument itself is very impressive. The story that goes alongside it, about the expo it was created for and the historic figures it portrays, is a good one as well. However, it's just a big monument so if you're in the area check it out as part of your itinery. If you're not, don't make the trip especially to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Reasonable price to get in only €4 and children were free, good views and perfect for photographs. You get the lift to the top and there was a small art exhibition at the bottom of the monument.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

right location just before the bridge nice for combination photo and a nice view over the taag.Alot of activivty there

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated in Belem it's a short tram ride (15) or a long walk and is quite stunning. Brilliant place for photos and a great landmark on the river bank. The figures are all stone carvings and the detail is stunning, you can I believe climb the monument but I chose not to. I was told though that the views from... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very cool statue but not much to it. Wouldn't make a trip just to see it but if you've got time after the monastery, head over. You cross the main road underneath via a tunnel.

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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 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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