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"Some of the Early Discoverers" Top 5 Page for this destination Padrao dos Descobrimentos - Discoveries Monument Tip by Bwana_Brown

  Sculptures on the Monument
by Bwana_Brown

Both sides of the Monument to the Discoveries are lined with limestone sculptures of famous Portugese explorers or those who supported the Age of Discovery.

The sun favoured the East-side when we were there, so I was able to get a close-up shot of some of the earliest of these men. Standing first in line is Henry the Navigator (1394-1460) to whom the monument is dedicated. Although not a sailor, this wealthy Governor of the Algarve in southern Portugal, started it all by financing expeditions along the African coastline. Kneeling is King Afonso V (1432-81), a crucial supporter of the discoverers, with Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) behind him. It was da Gama who sailed around southern Africa in 1498 and reached India. The final bearded figure is Pedro Alvares (1467-1520), the discoverer of Brazil.

Address: Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa,
Directions: On the waterfront

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  • Updated Oct 24, 2004
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