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Monument to the Discoveries
The Monument to the Discoveries was inaugurated in 1960 during celebrations of the 500 year anniversary of the death of the Infant D. Henrique (Henry the Navigator). It is visited by millions of people each year.
Monument to the Discoveries: the view from the ferry to Trafaria
It evoques the maritime expansion and is designed in the shape of a caravel, showing Henry the Navigator at the prow holding a small caravel, as well as many relevant heroes of Portuguese history (Vasco da Gama, Pedro Álvares Cabral - discoverer of Brazil - Fernao Magalhaes - who crossed the Pacific in 1520 -, the writer Camoes and many others).
Pedrão dos Descobrimentos: monument to the discoveries
Monument to the Discoveries: Henry Navigator and 32 great figures related to the Discoveries
Monument to the Discoveries

Seen from the huge mariners compass this monument fascinates visitors with its impressiveness and its 50 metres height. Cut into the paving stone, the compass was a present from the Republic of South Africa in 1960 and it’s best seen from the top of the Monument to the Discoveries, that you can access by elevator located inside the building. The central map, depicting galleons and mermaids, shows the routes of the discoverers in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Inside the building there is a conference room (auditorium), exhibition rooms and a magnificent view to the mouth of the river Tagus.

open hours:
from 9h30 to 18h00 (no Monday)
address: Avenida de Brasília
phone: »351 213 016 220
Train: Belém (Cais do Sodré - Cascais)
Tram: 15
Bus: 714,727,728,729,751
Nearby locations
Belém Cultural Center offers four exhibition areas. It has since become the host of numerous international exhibitions (from photography to mixed-media installations), cultural events and congresses, and is also an arts complex with the city’s largest auditorium.
Beautiful, culturally resplendent and immensely significant in Portuguese history, Belém is one of the jewels in Lisbon’s crown. In terms of places to visit and sights to see, this elegant area of the city probably holds the record.
In 1907 it was declared a National Monument and in 1984 it was classified “Cultural Heritage of all Humanity”. UNESCO says: "Standing at the entrance to Lisbon harbour, the Monastery of the Hieronymites - construction of which began in 1502 - exemplifies Portuguese art at its best."
This pastelaria located in Belem is the most famous bakery in Portugal and dates back to 1837. Inside number 84 of the Rua de Belém, in a factory founded in 1837, you can see azulejo panels from the XVIIIth century, almost as famous as the sweet pastries sold there.
The Maritime Museum is a museum located in the west wing of the Hieronymite Monastery. You can see here: different kinds of boats, royal barges, charts, maritime instruments and historical seaplane.
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