"Monument to the Discoveries" Museu Calouste Gulbenkian Tip by pure1942
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon: 42 reviews and 93 photos
Crossing the road from the Monastery and through the Praca do Imperio, take the underground walkway under the busy Avenida de India and you will find yourself on the banks of the River Targus and Gazing up at the massive Monument to the Discoveries or Padrao dos Descobrimentos. Commissioned by the Salazar dictatorship in the 1960’s, it was erected to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator and to celebrate Portugal’s Golden Age. It was ultimately an attempt by Salazar to stir up some national pride and remind the world of Portugal’s former power and wealth!!! However, the monument is undoubtedly impressive and situated right on the banks of the river marks Belem as one of the world’s great historical centres of nautical exploration.
The monument is designed as an abstracted version of a caravel and stone statues of famous Portuguese historical figures and explorers adorn the sides of the monument, including Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Alvares Cabral and Magellan.
Address: Av. Berna 45A, 1067-001 Lisboa
Directions: In Jardim da Fundação Calouste. Off Largo Azeredo Perdigão.
Phone: +351 21 782 3000
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