Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Portuguese pronunciation: [pɐˈdɾɐ̃w̃ duʃ dɨʃkubɾiˈmẽtuʃ]; lit. Monument of the Discoveries) is a monument on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary, in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon. Located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and the Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery (or Age of Exploration) during the 15th and 16th centuries.
The monument was conceived in 1939 by Portuguese architect José Ângelo Cottinelli Telmo, and sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida, as a temporary beacon during the Portuguese World Exhibition opening in June 1940. The Monument to the Discoveries represented a romanticized idealization of the Portuguese exploration that was typical of the Estado Novo regime of António de Oliveira Salazar. It was originally constructed as a temporary construction, located in the Praça do Império as part of an urban renewal project favoured by minister Duarte Pacheco, but with the resistance of Cottinelli Telmo. Yet, by June 1943, the original structure was demolished after the exposition as there was no concrete formalization of the project.
SACHIT VARMA | Feb 1, 2018
Beautiful landmark statue and very important in Lisbon for historic reasons. It was made in the memory of a famous Portuguese naval man. The carving and the details in the human figures on the structure is stunning. Built right on the bank of the river Tagus, it is directly visible from the Belem Tower and is just 10 minutes by walk from it. This stretch of the river bank is always full of people due to the two landmark tourist spots. A must visit without a doubt. The city tour buses have a bus-stop at this point too.
Manuel Arcângelo | Feb 18, 2018
Stone carved sculptures, representing Portuguese navigators from the XV century, make the outside profile of this well known monument in Lisbon. In the inside you will learn some of the Portuguese history. On the roof top there is a great sightseeing place. On the ground floor pavement, made with limestone, you can appreciate some places discovered by Portuguese sailors.
Alek Tro | Feb 22, 2018
Absolutely fantastic place in the heart of Belem district! Monument is huge and very interesting - please don't forget to watch your steps! Because you can miss big mosaic/tessellation showing map of Portugesse geographical discoveries!
Sem Bartels | Feb 28, 2018
Made for a nice picture to show to an old history teacher of mine. We didn't go to the top because of the rain but I imagine the view is pretty nice. The only problem is that there's not much going on apart from the thing itself.
Christian Holm Christensen | Dec 29, 2017
A very large monument indeed - worth of any major Sovjet city. In fact the style of the monument reminds me of monuments I've seen in the old eastern block. I wonder, though, if the monument does look best from the river - the whole thing is slanted towards the river and protrude the pier, making it impossible to see it from the front. A few signs to guide the uninitiated about which explorers and seafarers one is looking at would be good too. I didn't go up to the observation deck, but I'm sure it's a beautiful view - which is true of most of Lisbon.
Álvaro Pum Siempre Feliz | Apr 2, 2018
Interesting to see for what it represents, but far too pricey to just use an elevator. Views are good, but in Lisbon you get too many top views for free!
leela krishna Chava | Apr 19, 2018
Worth visiting place in Lisbon. As we know Portuguese are famous for discovery - this place resembles it. Famous for its history - this place is peaceful n it's nearest to Belem tower n architecture museum along with monastery. You can cover all four together in a single place. Enjoy :-)
Pedram Nick Aryan | Apr 29, 2018
Interesting monument. Didn’t really except much but was fun walking around the area and climbing up to take some photos. If you’re around in town, then definitely pay a visit anyway. Worth the walk along the sea :)
Legault C. | Apr 17, 2018
Epic statue with some great carvings in, if you can, get close and just look at all the details. Quite a few singers and market sellers around who actually sell nice souvenirs you're interested. Also a great place to experience and learn more about Portuguese History.
Bo Du | Apr 13, 2018
Great view. The entry price is around 4 euro, with Lisabon card only 3.5 Euro and the waiting time is not that big. There is an elevator taking you to the top and that allows like 8 persons at once. Sadly there is no wheelchair support as far as i can tell as the elevator goes only up to floor 6 and the panoramic point is at floor 8. You would need to climb 2 floors.. 4x10 steps. But the view is splendid. On a sunny day it looks like San Francisco. The 25th April bridge on a side, the yacht parking lot under your nose, the Belem tower afar..very nice. Not even that windy on top...not that feeling that a gust of wind will blow of your phone. Sad part..kinda...the toilets are under capacity I think. Guys toilet were represented by only a toilet and a small sink. Hm... Still...totally worth seeing I would say
Ryan | May 26, 2018
It was a nice view overlooking the water and the square below. The elevator up was way overpriced and the gallery/museum below wasn't all that interesting to me. The actual monument itself is very cool and I would recommend seeing it, but I wouldn't bother with the ride up unless you really want to .
CAI GAN XIAN Lucas | May 19, 2018
Nice monument. Beautiful from the outside. We did not get inside as there was a big line. The monument and the surrounding are worth visiting. The monument is majestic.
D.R.F. Hall | Jul 18, 2018
It has always been a dream of mine to visit this stunning memorial to the great Portuguese explorers. This year I had the wonderful opportunity to pay homage to the monument and the explorers enshrined in it. It certainly doesn't hurt that the world famous Belem Pastry shop is only a few blocks away and I could also indulge in some incredible Portuguese custards!!
Keith Hughes | Jun 23, 2018
Such a wonderful place. Amazing workmanship and well worth a visit. So much to see all around and also close to the Belem tower, the monastery and National museum. I would suggest getting a pass for the excellent bus service available in Lisbon, very cheap and can take you to more of the sights in this wonderful city.
Louis Fourie | Jul 17, 2018
A great monument with excellent relief work on both sides. It is possible to go to the top at a few. Ample parking across the road. Just be aware that the so-called car guards demanding a parking fee are not official and should not be paid. You are also in walking distance of the delicious Belem Pastais and the famous Belem tower. Skip the very long que outside the Belem Pastais and go inside where there are seating for more than 400 people.
Ana D. | Jun 20, 2018
If you’re going up there for the view, then go ahead. Much better than the Tower of Belem but nothing much apart from that. I recommend you get the Lisboa card, and you’ll be able to get in free.
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