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This beautiful windrose and map showing the routes of various Portuguese explorers is located in the square adjacent to the Monument to the Discoveries.

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) is a 52m high slab of concrete, located next to the River Tagus in the Belém district of Lisbon, Portugal. It was erected in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator.

The monument is carved into the shape of the prow of a ship in which stands a statue of Henry the Navigator (looking out over the river), as well as statues of various explorers, cartographers, artists and missionaries. Also included is a statue of Luís de Camões, the poet and recorder of the discoveries, whose tomb is in the nearby Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. The side of the Padrão dos Descobrimentos which faces away from the river features a carved sword which stretches for the full height of the monument.

A small space within the monument hosts occasional temporary exhibitions on the history of Lisbon. The top of the monument (reached via a lift) offers views of the Torre de Belém and Cristo Rei.

In: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padr%C3%A3o_dos_Descobrimentos

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  • Copyright: Antonio Ribeiro (ribeiroantonio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4814 W: 466 N: 6476] (22637)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-12-23
  • Categories: Decisive Moment
  • Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-05-17 23:31
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