Discoveries Monument, Lisbon

Discoveries Monument is an unmissable sight! The white sculpted iconic monument is eye catching because of its composition. The whole structure is drama and action packed. A ship ready to depart!

Explorers of Discoveries Monument

On board are several prominent adventurers and explorers of 14th and 15th century. The prominent figures are listed in several travel guides but difficult to distinguish who is who. They have been marked name wise in wiki. The names are: King Manuel I carrying an armillary sphere, poet Camões holding verses from The Lusiads, Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Cabral, and several other notable Portuguese explorers, crusaders, monks, cartographers, and cosmographers, following Prince Henry the Navigator at the prow holding a small vessel. The only female is queen Felipa of Lancaster, mother of Henry the navigator, the brain of the discoveries.

Discoveries MonumentDiscoveries_Monument_1_IndraniEach figure seemed to move forward, as if keen to set off and participate in next exploring events. There are 16 figures along the ramp on both sides, 33 in total. Henry the Navigator leading the team.

Time and Dimension

This iconic Discoveries Monument was built of wood initially and was a display piece in Portuguese World Fair of June 1940. But due to several political reasons it was brought down in 1943. The idea again got a second lease of life in 1958 when the Câmara Municipal of Lisbon, promoted the intent to construct a permanent Monument to the Discoveries. By 1960 the construction of Discoveries Monument was completed. It was made of cement and rose-tinted stone. It stands at a height of 52m (171ft.). The statues sculpted from limestone. The architects involved in the project are mentioned in wiki. In 1985 public got access to the top of the structure.


The Three Views

The 3 views that can interest the tourists are: one the exteriors. It is grand and one tends to stand rooted in his/her place just marveling the sculpted figures. So ‘life’ like! This view is free. If you are done photographing and admiring and have ample time in hand you can visit the museum inside the monument. There is a small fees for this. This museum houses details of history of Lisbon. Finally you can go to the top of this monument for mesmerizing views of River Tagus!

Tickets and Timings

The viewing platform and museum open -Tuesday to Sunday between 10:00-19:00 (summer season) 10:00-18:00 (low season).
Closed on Monday.
The entrance fee is €3.00/€2.00/€8.00 (adult/child/family)
Time to tour: visit lasts between 30-45 minutes.

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24 Responses

  1. magiceye says:

    So fascinating!! Beautifully captured.

  2. sylviakirk says:

    What an awesome monument!!! And your captures are superb, Indrani, as always!! Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Wonderful sculpture! I love that you have people in the last photo to show how large this is!

  4. Wow! What an adventure and great photos!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  5. Cloudia says:

    great voyagers and explorers like the Hawaiians

    ALOHA, Friend


  6. I didn’t realize there’s a fee to view. I saw it from a distance and opted not to look closer. Have a great weekend.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  7. It’s a stunning monument to be sure and that flawless blue sky is a perfect backdrop to it.

  8. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful monument with amazing sculptural work.

  9. We sailed past this monument a couple of times, but never taken the time to see it up close. A fabulous post – you’ve pushed it to the top of the ‘next time’ list!

  10. Wonderful Monument, Awesome photos.
    ~ Have a nice weekened ~

  11. Niranjan says:

    Lovely sculptures.

  12. Bob says:

    Beautiful stoneware Indrani.

  13. ladyfi says:

    What a lovely monument!

  14. eileen says:

    Hello Indrani, what a beautiful and amazing monument. Lovely skies too. Thanks for sharing your visit. I am able to see many places I will probably not be able to visit.
    Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  15. Gattina says:

    Certainly a very interesting city to visit !

  16. Antonina says:

    Wonderful monument !
    Enjoy the weekend!

  17. Al says:

    That’s a great monument, and it looks like you had a perfect day for viewing. I love going to the top of places like this.

  18. klara says:

    that white-ish stone against blue sky is so nice. have a nice weekend.

  19. Wow that is quite a monument.

  20. Hilary says:

    Such beautiful detail up close but when you see if from a distance it all comes together so beautifully. Fascinating monument.

  21. Amazing monument, great details!
    Happy weekend!

  22. Jeevan says:

    Wow! Amazing monument and well built structure… the way sculptures carved together seems to be intricate and make feel marvelous.

  23. Gunilla says:

    It’s a beautiful monument. It looks great against the blue sky.

  24. Meera says:

    Sculptures are beautiful.. a fascinating read!

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