Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument of Discoveries)

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos (or Monument to the Discoveries) is part of the famous view of Belém, in a prominent position on the edge of the Tagus River. The monument consists in a stylized caravel.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos Foto: Nol Aders

Padrão dos Descobrimentos – Photo: Nol Aders

At the bow appears the figure of Henrique the Navigator, with a caravel and a map on his hand. In the sides, there are two rows with images of heroes of the Portuguese Age of Discovery.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

The monument, 56 meters high, is open to visitations. The visit includes an exhibition space in the basement and a viewpoint where you can have a broad overview of the Tagus and the riverside area, from Oeiras to Alcantara.


View from the Padrão dos Descobrimentos – Photo: Bernardo Nunes

The side facing the land also offers a privileged view of some important parts of the region, as the Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Belém Palace, the Church of Memory, Ajuda National Palace, Centro Cultural de Belém and another element of the Monument to the Discovery itself: the compass with a map inside.



View from the Padrão dos Descobrimentos – Photo: Bernardo Nunes



View from the Padrão dos Descobrimentos – Photo: Bernardo Nunes


Nearby there are other monuments that also worth visiting, such as Jeronimos Monastery and Tower of Belem. The famous egg custard tart store – Pasteis de Belem – are also near Padrão dos Descobrimentos and it is a must!


Brief History of Padrão dos Descobrimentos

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos was built under the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940 by Cottinelli Telmo as a tribute to Henrique the Navigator. At this time the monument was built with perishable materials, so in 1958 it was dismantled and the construction of the current monument. The monument just as we know it today was founded in 1960 in the celebration of the five hundredth anniversary of the death the Infante D. Henrique. In 1985 the interior was redesigned, giving to the monument a belvedere, an auditorium and exhibition halls.


Padrão dos Descobrimentos – Information


Address: Av. Brasília 1400-038 Lisboa

Contact: +351 213 031 950/

Tickets: Regular ticket – 4€

Family Ticket (2 adults+2 young 12-18 years) 10€

*The working hours may vary according to the season. For more details check out the place´s website.

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