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.

New Worlds

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.

Other prominent landmarks near the Monument to the Discoveries  are the Museum of Archaeology, the Tower of Belém the CCB – Cultural Center of Belém and the Jerónimos Monastery.

Monument To The Discoveries

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Monument To The Discoveries 38.693597, -9.205712 Monument To The Discoveries Lisbon City Card                       Day Guided Lisbon Tour


  • Monument: Monument To The Discoveries - XX Century
  • How To Get There: Train Train Belém station Tram Tram 15 Bus Bus 728 – 714 - 727 - 729 - 751 Pedestrian Tunnels next to CCB Footbridges next to Belem Staion and to Torre de Belém
  • Address: Av. de Brasília, Belém
  • Open: Schedule Summer Schedule March to September 10am - 7pm | Every day (closed on Mondays during March) Last Admissions: 6:30pm Winter Schedule October to February 10am - 6pm | Tuesday to Sunday Last Admissions: 5:30pm Closed on the following holidays: 25th December; 1st January; 1st May
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