Monument to the Discoveries

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Basic info

Type of attraction


Portuguese name

Padrão dos descobrimentos


Avenida Brasilia


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How to visit


Exhibition, viewpoint & film*
26-64: 10€ | 13-25: 5€
Over 65 years: 8,50€
Lisboa Card: 8,30€

*The film is presented at 11.15am and 4.00pm
(saturdays, sundays and holidays)

Exhibition only
26-64: 5€ | 13-25: 2,50€
Over 65 years: 4,30€
Lisboa Card: 4,20€

Free access
  • Children up to 12
Opening times

October / February
Every day 10 am – 6 pm

March / September
Every day 10 am – 7 pm

Last admission:
30 min before closing

Closing days

1st January; 1st May; 24th, 25th and 31th December


Avenida Brasilia

Public transports

Lisbon > Belém
Train (Cascais line)
Cais do Sodré > Belém station | 1,35€
728, 714, 727, 729, 751

More details

  • Top View from the 52m (170 ft) monument high
  • Film: building a Symbol (47 minutes documentary in Portuguese with english Subtitles about the monument)
  • Caravel shape of the monument with stone statues of famous Portuguese during the Age of Discoveries
  • Monument Dimensions (Height: 56m; Width: 20m; Length: 46m; Foundations: 20m)

1940: Temporarily erected as part of the Portuguese World Exhibition with perishable materials

1960: Reconstructed to mark 500 years since the death of Henry the Navigator (Infante Dom Henrique)

the surroundings

  • Archaeology Museum (428 m)
  • Jerónimos Monastery (449 m)
  • National Coach Museum (681 m)
  • Quake (800m)
  • Belém Tower in Lisbon (919 m)

Pastéis de Belém

Rua de Belém nº 84 a 92
Phone: +351 213637423

Lisbon iconic custard tart
Long queues but mooving fast
On-site cafe & take-away custard tart

Le Chat

Jardim 9 de Abril
Phone: +351 213963668

12h30 – 1h00 (Mon – Thu)
12h30 – 2h00 (Fri – Sat)
12h30 – 1h00 (Sun)

Restaurant with a nice terrace
It has an extensive cocktail list

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