Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Lisbon, Portugal

Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) is located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and Orient. The monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries.

In 1958 the Ministry of Public Works, the Overseas Provinces and the Câmara Municipal of Lisbon, promoted the intent to construct a permanent Monument to the Discoveries. Between November 1958 and January 1960, the new monument was constructed in cement and rose-tinted stone, and the statues sculpted from limestone excavated from the region of Sintra.

Inaugurated on 9 August 1960, it was one of several projects nationwide that were intended to mark the Comemorações Henriquinas (the celebrations marking the anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator).



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Olegves said 13 months ago


Founded: 1958-1960
Category: Statues in Portugal


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Matthias Rodamer (19 months ago)
This place is good to hang around and getting some good vibes beside the water. There are lots of seller for sunglasses but there is also some live street music, which is really good and highly to recommend. Only the parking facilities are a little bit difficult but you'll find a spot.
Luqman Hakim (19 months ago)
I thought the design of the building was magnificent. You should take a 360 degree look at this from both sides, you can tell that it was beautifully carved on the wall. There's a museum inside as well, and from what I recall, it's a museum of mythical creatures and more. Pretty interesting, but the main highlight is taking the lift up to the viewing point where you get a good view of Lisboa.
Angelo Oliveira (20 months ago)
Fantastic monument marking the courage and spirit of the first men to go where nobody had dared to before. Just along the Tagus river leading into the sea, it's not only an important landmark but is surrounded litteraly by countless other points to visit on your map. Impressive scale and dimension, only further enhanced it you bother to do some homework on some of the fearless Captains who feature in it .This spot is definitely not only beautiful but you can really take in the spirit of the sea and have a good breath of fresh air in case the bustling streets of Lisbon have left you feeling a little stuffy .
Thirsty Horse (21 months ago)
There's a beautiful walk along the coast you can take to get away from Lisbon traffic and along the way you'll find this impossing monument. So what exactly is it? Well it pays homage to the Portuguese age of discovery, that period of exploration that witnessed the discovery of South America. The monument resembles a ship pointing out to see with a number of statues representing individuals such as explorers, poets and missionaries, basically all those involved in overseas exploration. The monument can be entered and there's a viewpoint at the top of it. I didn't go up there, but the whole surrounding area on the bright sunny winter's day I was there, was gorgeous!
jessica ng (2 years ago)
It is really beautiful and definitely worth going to. I would suggest you eat beforehand and bring some food as there are not many places of affordable and tasty food available. But it is definitely a must go. The vibe and music is amazing and this is definitely a work of art. There are a lot of rental bikes and other rental individual transportations but it is quite pricey but it really looks fun. The walk to other destinations are not too far but can be a little tiring when you walk for too long so it's always best to have something to refuel your energy. You can really see an amazing view. The best spot to take pictures is actually on the other side of the statue across the boat parking lot and the haven as you can capture the entire statue as a whole. It is actually a lot better to take the pictures from further away.
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