Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon

Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon

At 52 meters (170 feet) tall, Lisbon's Monument to the Discoveries commemorates the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, who discovered the Azores, Madeira, and Cape Verde.

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) stands 170 Ft (52 m) tall. This stunning monument was designed to commemorate the Age of Discoveries in Portugal. It was inaugurated in 1960, on the fifth centenary of one of the country’s great discoverers, Prince Henry the Navigator, who discovered the Azores, Madeira, and Cape Verde.

The tribute is located on the coast of Belém, near Lisbon, and is also very close to other important sights like Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.

The Monument to the Discoveries is made up of a group of sculptures that represent the prow of a caravel (a small sailing ship constructed by the Portuguese to explore the Atlantic Ocean). Leading the ship is Prince Henry the Navigator and behind him are many other great Portuguese discoverers.

The monument’s observation deck

If you would like to see Belém from above, we recommend you visit the observation deck on the top of the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. If you don't like climbing stairs, there's still no excuse not to go since there's also an elevator that can take you to the top.

The views of the monument and the city’s western neighborhoods are impressive, but the most beautiful view is a marble mosaic at the foot of the Monument that represents a compass, with a world map in the center.

The compass was designed by Cristino da Silva and is 164 Ft (50m) in diameter. It was given to Portugal by the Republic of South Africa.


October - February: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Mondays: closed
March - September: Every day from 10am to 7pm.
Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 25 December


Adult: 6 (US$ 6.50)
Youth Card: 3 (US$ 3.20)
Seniors (over 65 years old): 5 (US$ 5.40)
Children (less than 12 years old): free entrance
Lisboa Card: 30% discount.


Tram: line 15.
Bus: 28, 714, 728, 729 and 751.
Train: Belem, Cascáis Line.

Nearby places

Archaeology Museum (428 m) Jerónimos Monastery (449 m) National Coach Museum (681 m) Belém (842 m) Belém Tower in Lisbon (919 m)