Monument to the Discoveries!

After our visit to the Torre de Belém, when you start walking to see other sites, you will come across Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) its enormous upto 56 meters high, so it’s hard to miss.


3The whole monument represents a three-sailed ship ready to depart, with sculptures of King Manuel I carrying an armillary sphere, poet Camões holding verses from The Lusiads, Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Cabral, and several other notable Portuguese explorers, crusaders,monks, cartographers, and cosmographers, and at the edge of the caravel, you will find Prince Henry the Navigator holding a small vessel.

The only female is queen Philippa of Lancaster, mother of Henry the navigator. Overall there are 33 heroes of the Portuguese Discoveries.

You can also go inside and check out the exhibitions in there and take the elevator to the top to have an overall view of Belem and Tagus river.

When I first saw the Monument to Discoveries, I was in awe of the monument for each sculpture were depicting their own story of their time, It was too fascinating for me to even move away.  On the floor in front of the entrance there is also a wind rose, inside which there is the map of the world. Gifted by the Republic of South Africa (1960) to honor the Portuguese bravery.


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