Discoveries Monument

It was the starting point for some of the world's greatest explorers

  • Discoveries Monument in Lisbon

  • Discoveries Monument

The Portuguese have always been proud of their history and in particular of the age of the Discoveries. The estuary of the Tagus River was the starting point of great navigator’s fleets which left to discover new worlds in the 15th century.

The original monument, erected in 1940 for the Portuguese World Exhibition, was dismantled in 1958. The current monument is a replica and was inaugurated on August 9, 1960 as part of the commemorations of the 500 years of Infante D. Henrique, the Navigator.

The Discoveries Monument is 50 meters tall. The design takes the form of a caravel. On either side of the slab are ramps that join at the prow, with the figure of Infante D. Henrique. Fernão de Magalhães, Luís de Camões, Pedro Álvares Cabral and Vasco da Gama are some of the 32 figures can be found on the monument and that represent a historical summary of personalities linked directly or indirectly to the Age of Discovery.

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