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Monument to the Discoveries

Local name: Padrão dos Descobrimentos

The monumental Monument to the Discoveries is located in the Belem district of Lisbon. It commemorates the era of great geographical discoveries in which Portugal has deserved especially. The monument is dedicated to sailors who contributed to the discovery of unknown places on the world map. The monument in its construction resembles a caravel. The statue has 52 figures of Portuguese figures associated with great geographical discoveries, e.g. Henry the Sailor, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeo Dias.

Below the monument's pedestal, you can see a colorful mosaic made of wind rose marble showing water maps with the routes of expeditions of Portuguese explorers. The plaque was given to the Portuguese government by representatives of South Africa in 1960. There is an observation deck at the top of the Discoveries Monument structure.

Initially, the monument was made in a rather makeshift form, especially to honor the world exhibition organized in 1940 by Portugal. After this event he was demolished. The current 52-meter building was built of concrete in 1960.


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Av. Brasília 1400-038 Lisbon , Portugal