As you visit Belem you might go there to visit the Jeronimos Monastery and the Tower of Belem, but you will get a bonus attraction included in the visit and that is the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, also known as the Monument to the Discoveries.

The monument is located on the banks of the Tagus river and it was built to celebrate the Age of Discoveries and Age of Exploration, in which Portugal played a very big part. The height of the construction is more than 50 metres high and it was finished and opened in 1960. On the monument you can see famous explorers from Hungary such as Vasco da Gama, Pedro Álvares Cabral, Luís de Camões, Saint Francis Xavier and lots of other explorers, missionaries, discoverers and navigators. In the front of the statues stands Henry the Navigator who is reckoned to be the father of the Age of Discoveries.

The entrance fee to the monument costs 4 Euro, and then you can also get up to the top and enjoy the beautiful view towards the Tagus river from there. If you wonder how to get to the Discoveries monument in Lisbon in the Belem area, read more about how to get here in the following article. From the discoveries monument you can also get a beautiful view towards the Cristo Rei monument and the Abril Bridge.

Pictures of the Discoveries monument

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