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Monument to the Discoveries

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Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Iconic Lisbon monument
  • World explorers in stone

Time required: 20 minutes

Phone: +351 21 303 1950

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
May - Sept daily: 10am - 7pm
Oct - Apr, Tue - Sun: 10am - 5:30pm

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: 2.5 €

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 15: Centro Cultural De Belém stop

Address: Av. de Brasí­lia, 1400-038 Lisbon

Things you need to know:

  • The Discovery Monument pays homage to those who took part in the the Golden Age of Discovery. It was first erected in 1940 for the Lisbon World Exhibition
  • In 1960, the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator, the original monument was pulled down and a new one was erected in concrete
  • The momument takes the shape of a caravela with its sails billowing in the wind. Caravela is the type of ship Portuguese explorers used in the period
  • In the front of the ship stands Henry the Navigator who played a leading role in the development of Portuguese explorations
  • Henry is followed by important historic figures such as King Manuel I (holidng an armillary sphere), poet Camões (with a paper scroll), Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Cabral, and other famed explorers, cartographers, monks and crusaders
  • The only woman in the group depicts queen Felipa of Lancaster, Prince Henry's mother, the mastermind behind the discoveries
  • The square in front is decorated with a mosaic (a gift of South Africa) representing a compass. The map in the center shows the routes Portuguese explorers followed

What to do there:

  • Admire the impressive monument
  • Enjoy the view of the river Tejo and bridge April 25 in the background

Tips & Insights:

  • Inside there is an exhibition space with temporary exhibits
  • An elevator takes visitors to the top for some bird's-eye views of Belem and its monuments
  • Discount with Lisboa Card

 

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