Padrao dos Descobrimentos, Lisbon

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Celebrate Portugal's rich history of exploration at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, which was built to commemorate Prince Henry the Navigator and the Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries. Architect José Angelo Cottinelli Telmo and sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida created the original statue for the 1940 Portuguese World Fair. It was later destroyed but then rebuilt in 1958 by the government. Note the monument's square with its marble compass rose, which was a gift from South Africa. For Padrao dos Descobrimentos and beyond, use our Lisbon trip itinerary maker to get the most from your Lisbon vacation.
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  • Sculpture representing a stylised ship with Henry the Navigator and his acolytes off the explore the world. It's a large, imposing piece of work and not without some humour worked in by the...  more »
  • Dont have to spend lots of time here but it is a really nice piece of work. Good to see from afar n up close. Interesting "world map"mosaic outside that shows how well traveled the portugese were in.....  more »
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  • This place is absolute beauty, and it becomes even prettier with the gentle sea breeze in a very calm environment. Must first place in Lisbon. I didn't visit the top and don't think it is worth the money. It's good that the place is not crowed by tourist and you can enjoy your time peacefully.
  • One of the most impressive monuments I have visited. The monument is huge and located right on the river, it was built in honor of the explorers of the Middle Ages where Portugal led campaigns of conquest and discovery of lands. The monument inspires admiration and curiosity, I looked at each and every one of the figures carved in stone.
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