Monument To The Discoveries – Padrão Dos Descobrimentos
The Monument to the Discoveries shows on the outside sculptures of all the important portuguese adventurers who made history.
The Age of Discoveries started in 1415 with the capture of the North African city of Ceuta by the Portuguese. It reached a peak at the turn of the sixteenth (XVI) century whith Vasco da Gama discovering the way to India, and Pedro Álvares Cabral discovering Brazil, when trying the India rout, ending down on the other side of the Atlantic ocean (in Brasil). This is how Brasil was discovered.
The creation of commerce posts and colonies on the new trade routes led to a Portuguese empire that spanned three continents, bringing wealth to Portugal and Lisbon in particular.
The Monument was built in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator (1394-1460), one of the great personalities of the Portuguese Discoveries.
Inside the building there is a conference room (auditorium), exhibition rooms and a magnificent view to the mouth of the river Tagus.