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Monument / Landmark

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

78 locals recommend ·

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Joao
Joao
June 29, 2019
Sculptural. Discover all the explorers, authors and historical figures represented in the Monument to the Discoveries.
Villa
Villa
April 10, 2019
Amazing views of Lisbon and the suspension bridge. If you come at the end of the day, you can catch an amazing sun set too. Lovely vibe and one of Lisbon's nicest view points of the coast and suspension bridge. You can also go up the monument, however, there's plenty more to do and see outside.
Manuel
Manuel
February 14, 2019
Monument to Portugal's great colonial past and to its overseas discoveries.
Sara E Rebecca
Sara E Rebecca
February 13, 2019
Famous historical monument to the Portuguese colonial past.
Ricardo
Ricardo
November 27, 2018
Climb to the top but especially, look at the marble floor in on the street in front of the monument's entrance. It features a gigantic map of the World with the dates and routes of Portuguese adventurers and navigators during the Portuguese Discoveries' times.

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Location
Lisboa, Lisboa 1400-038
Santa Maria de Belém
Phone+351 21 303 1950