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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
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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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Monument to Portuguese History

We stopped in Belem on our boat trip and I must admit that although we have seen this tremendous monument many times from afar (train, car, tram, further up the hills), visiting... read more

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped in Belem on our boat trip and I must admit that although we have seen this tremendous monument many times from afar (train, car, tram, further up the hills), visiting it on foot I was very impressive. I am highly astonished that people write about scaffolding because when we visited on February 18, the monument was uncovered in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Another amazing bit o building workmanship and the history of it is inside again super place is Lisbon. If you want to see wonders of the world visit Lisbon, its amazing.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The tower offers a nice view of the monastery from the top. There's an elevator to ride up or ~6-7 flights of stairs. It was pretty crowded up top, even in February.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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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Belem
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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