The Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) created by Cottinelli Telmo and the sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida, was initially build in 1940, in a temporary form, as part of the Portuguese World Exhibition. The monument, as we can see today, was reconstructed in 1960 to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of the Infante Dom Henrique (Henry the Navigator).
The waterfront monument, shaped like a triple sailed caravel, is made of concrete, with the sculptures carved in limestone. The fifty-six meters high caravel, heading to sea under the leadership of Prince Henry the Navigator, evoques the Portuguese Age of Discoveries and carries, on both sides, 32 personalities of those golden eras, sculpted by Leopoldo de Almeida.
In the interior one may find temporary exhibitions, and an elevator to the terrace at the top. From the terrace you can enjoy a 360º viewpoint, offering spectacular perspectives on the square bellow, the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belém Tower.
PADRÃO DOS DESCOBRIMENTOS (Monument to the Discoveries)
Av. Brasília 1400-038 Lisboa
+351 213 031 950
Opening Hours and Ticket Prices:
10am - 7pm from March to September | Every day (closed on Mondays during March)
Last Admissions: 6:30pm
10am - 6pm from October to February | Tuesday to Sunday
Last Admissions: 5:30pm
(Closed on the following holidays: 25th December; 1st January; 1st May)
Adults € 4 / Children up to 12 years free / senior citizens 2€
There are family tickets and join tickets for those visiting more monuments in the area.