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A historic maritime city, welcoming modern explorers

Europe’s westernmost capital is probably also its most stunningly situated, on hilly ground in a bend of the River Tagus where it broadens out into a giant bay. Writers rave about Lisbon’s unique light; modern tourists also warm to the mild climate and relaxed feel of its summer nights, when the bars' patrons spill out onto cobbled streets. Centuries of maritime exploration have also left a rich artistic heritage.

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Monument celebrating a number of famous Portuguese explorers

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos celebrates a number of Portuguese explorers. Many of history’s most famed explorers are immortalized in statue or frieze at this site. The memorial features a historic Portuguese coat of arms and a marble map with the dates of significant discoveries marked in metal.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos is located along the Tagus river. The memorial, an impressive structure, opened in 1960. The opening ceremonies were part of the celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. It is over 50 meters high. The memorial is open daily, Tuesday through Sunday.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Avenida Brasilia, 1400-038 Lisbon
+351 213 031 950
May-Sept Tues-Sun 10am-7pm; Oct-Apr Tues-Sun 10am-6pm