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Padrao dos Descobrimentos

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Address: Padrao dos Descobrimentos Avenida Brasilia, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 303 1950
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Erected in the honor of Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator in 1960, this...

Erected in the honor of Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator in 1960, this is a dramatic work of art in stone that commemorates Portugal's many famous explorers and adventurers.

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Currently under restoration

This was the centre piece for the 1940 world expo - unfortunately completely under scaffolding - not even 100 years old and in worse nick than the very old Tower of Belem!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even though this monument is currently under renovation, it was still remarkable to visit. The monument reminded me of what it must have been like to adventure to places unknown through the eyes of the sailor's and the families they left behind.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was the centre piece for the 1940 world expo - unfortunately completely under scaffolding - not even 100 years old and in worse nick than the very old Tower of Belem!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was the first attraction I want to see only to find it surrounded by scaffolding as it is being repaired , but still , well worth the walk to find it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately it was closed when we went but its very close to belem castle and Jeronymos monastery. It was also nice though from the outside to take some pictures

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The landmark is interesting itself, bigger advantage is the surrounding area of Belem - the riverside with panoramas, torre de belem, monastery

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been there but it's under construction. Probably because it's not a touristic season. Very disappointed

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was being renovated at the time of our visit. The place is beautifully made, it gives you a sense on the relationship that existed between the Portuguese and world exploration.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of those places that is nice to visit but definitely not worth a long detour. So if in area, get out of car and take some pics and enjoy the walk around. If not close by go see better sights

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This monument is extremely impressive. However, it is currently covered in scaffolding and almost known of the statues can be seen. Disappointing but would still recommend.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly this is impressive and worth a look when the scaffolding has been removed as currently there is very little of it visible. Plenty of other attractions closeby though.

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