Lisbon is the major port still for Portugal and continues to be a thriving passage for commerce, trade and tourism. Since the 14th century Portuguese seafarers set out from Lisbon in search of new lands and opportunities. These entrepreneurial seaman sometimes never returned and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos – Discoveries Monument – was built in tribute of these brave explorers.
Originally built of wood, for the 1940 World Fair, and located near the Tower of Belém, Padrão dos Descobrimentos is listed as one of the more popular tourist attractions. It was constructed in place of the old harbor of Belém, which saw the advent of many memorable voyages. The Discoveries Monument underwent renovation in the 1960s when it received further detailing and concrete construction. It stands 52m high and can be climbed by a narrow flight of stairs.
There is east side, west side, viewing deck, and small museum – all comfortably nestled inside. You may visit the museum and viewing deck between Tuesday and Saturday. The museum conducts summer activities and guided tours for children and adults alike. You will get to learn who exactly the individuals depicted on the monument actually were.
It is a beautiful monument and I can proudly say that I did the trek to the top. It did not actually take that long and the view is breathtaking. Out to the sea one side, into the harbour and town from the other. You are also very well placed to visit a number of other attractions local to the area when on your visit!
Other Nearby Places Close To The Discoveries Monument!
- Jardim Botânico Tropical: Is a botanical garden in Belém host to a whole range of exotic plants. On a sweltering hot day, it provides a perfect cool retreat.
- Palácio Nacional da Ajuda: It is a neoclassical palace built in the early 19th century, which housed the royal family from 1860 to 1910.
- Palácio de Belém: This 16th century, salmon-coloured enchanting palace serves as the official residence of the President.
- Museu Nacional dos Coches: This unique museum has about 70 coaches with glamorous interiors from the 17th to 19th centuries. If you like museums then this is a beauty.
- Jeronimós Monastery: Spectacular Gothic Catholic Monastery with 2 museums inside!
- Tower of Belém: is a fortified tower built for ancient maritime use, but now serves as a historical monument and major Lisbon tourist attraction!
- Centro Cultural de Belém: This centre is the largest building of its kind in Portugal to offer a range of cultural experiences.
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