Monument to the Discoveries – Leopoldo de Almeida – José Ângelo Cottinelli Telmo

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Portuguese pronunciation: [pɐˈdɾɐ̃w̃ duʃ dɨʃkubɾiˈmẽtuʃ]; lit. Monument to the Discoveries) is a monument on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary, in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon. Located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery (or Age of Exploration) during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Across from Jeronimos Monastery, reached via an underpass by its gardens, is the Discoveries Monument, built on the north bank of the Tagus River in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator.

It represents a three-sailed ship ready to depart, with sculptures of important historical figures such as 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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Inside is an exhibition space with temporary exhibits, an interesting film about the city of Lisbon, and an elevator that takes visitors to the top for some bird’s-eye views of Belem and its monuments.

The pavement in front of the monument is decorated with a mosaic that was offered by the South African government in 1960, representing a compass with the map of the world charting the routes taken by the Portuguese explorers.

Monument to the Discoveries

(Padrão dos Descobrimentos)

Monument (Monumento)

Name origin: padrão dos descobrimentos

Portuguese for mark of the discoveries

Country  Portugal
Region Lisbon
Sub-region Grande Lisboa
District Lisbon
Municipality Lisbon
Location Santa Maria de Belém
 – elevation 50 m (164 ft)
Length 46 m (151 ft), North-South
Width 20 m (66 ft), West-East
Height 52 m (171 ft)
Depth 20 m (66 ft)
Architects

Sculptors

Cottinelli Telmo,

Leopoldo de Almeida,Cristino da Silva

Style Modern classicism
Materials SteelCement
Origin 3 February 1958
 – Initiated November 1958
 – Inauguration 9 August 1960
 – Inauguration 10 October 1960
Owner Portuguese Republic

Inauguration in 1960 with 32 ships of 14 nations.

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source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padr%C3%A3o_dos_Descobrimentos

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