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.

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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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