Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Padrão dos Descobrimentos is a monument on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary, in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon. Located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries.
The structure is located on the northern bank of the Tagus River, limited by the Belém Marina, Algés and Dafundo Nautical Centre and the Museum of Popular Art, and demarcated by stone pedestals with armillary spheres.
Opposite the large square, and across the Avenida de Índia-Avenida de Brasília motorway, is the Praça do Império which fronts the Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Cultural Center and the green-spaces of the Jardim Vasca do Gama.
With the shape of a caravel, it presents 33 figures of famous Portuguese such as the Prince Henry himself, the navigator Vasco da Gama, and the poet Luís de Camões.
This sight is, although, a replica, the original one being built as a temporary monument for the 1940’s Portuguese World Exhibition, which represented the 5 continents where the Portuguese people were.
Price: Adults – 4 € ; 12-18 years old, students and seniors – 2€ ; <12 – free
Schedule March to September 10:00 – 18:30, October to April 10:00 – 17:30
Closed on Mondays from October to March. Closed on holidays.
Address: Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa
Access: Tram: 15 ; Train: Belém
Tel.: 21 303 19 50