Discoveries Monument

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Avenida de Brasilia, Lisbon, Portugal

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A must-see in Belem Feb 14, 2017
The Discoveries Monument (or Padrão dos Descobrimentos) is one of Belem's most visited landmarks and a great place to visit for wonderful views over the area. Standing on the banks of the River Tagus, it was built back in 1960. The monument features sculptures of some of Portugal's most prominent explorers such as Vasco de Gama and Ferdinand Magellan. The monument was built in recognition of the 500th anniversary of Prince Henry the Navigator's death. Prince Henry himself has pride of place on the ship-shaped monument looking out over the Tagus.

One of the best things about the Discoveries Monument is the opportunity to take the lift to the summit of the monument and to look out over Belem, the River Tagus, towards Lisbon and back along the Lisbon Coast. It is also a great spot to survey the sites and get a lie of the land before exploring Belem in more detail. It cost 3 Euros to access the lift that takes you to the top of the monument. The monument is open between May and September from 10am to 7pm and 10am to 6pm in low season.

Address: Avenida de Brasilia, Belem

Directions: Accessible via a tunnel from the gardens opposite the Jeronimos Monastery or by crossing at the railway bridge and walking up the riverside.
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Nice Monument . Mar 06, 2011
Across from Jeronimos Monastery, reached via an underpass by its gardens, is the Discoveries Monument, built on the north bank of the Tagus River in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator.

It represents a three-sailed ship ready to depart, with sculptures of important historical figures such as King Manuel I carrying an armillary sphere, poet Camυes holding verses from The Lusiads, Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Cabral, and several other notable Portuguese explorers, crusaders, monks, cartographers, and cosmographers, following Prince Henry the Navigator at the prow holding a small vessel. The only female is queen Felipa of Lancaster, mother of Henry the navigator, the brain of the discoveries.

Inside is an exhibition space with temporary exhibits, an interesting film about the city of Lisbon, and an elevator that takes visitors to the top for some bird's-eye views of Belem and its monuments.

The pavement in front of the monument is decorated with a mosaic that was offered by the South African government in 1960, representing a compass with the map of the world charting the routes taken by the Portuguese explorers.

For me also was a nice walk to corniche with many other beauties around of it !

At the same side with Belem towel (Avenida de Brasilia ) and you can go with tram No 15 .

If you want to get in have a small price ticket , but most of the peoples watch it from outside !

Some photos to have a look !
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Johnpro says:
Thank you very much Harriet :)
Posted on: Jan 18, 2012
Africancrab says:
Beautiful photos.
Posted on: Jan 17, 2012

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