Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Padrão dos Descobrimentos information

Lisbon , Portugal
Address
Street Av de Brasília
Telephone
+351 213 031 950
Prices
adult/child €3/2
Opening hours
10am-7pm, closed Mon in low season
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Lonely Planet review

Like a caravel frozen in mid-swell, the monolithic Padrão dos Descobrimentos was inaugurated in 1960 on the 500th anniversary of Henry the Navigator’s death. The 52m-high limestone giant is chock-full of Portuguese bigwigs. At the prow is Henry, while behind him are explorers Vasco da Gama, Diogo Cão, Fernão de Magalhães and 29 other greats. Do take the lift (or puff up 267 steps) to the windswept miradouro for 360-degree views over the river. The mosaic in front of the monument charts the routes of Portuguese mariners.