Photographer's Note

This is the Padrão dos Descobrimentos or "Monument to the Discoveries" at Belém, Lisbon, a picture which I took in July, 1965 and taken not far from where I took the last picture which I posted. And again taken on Kodachrome colour transparency film with my little Voigtländer Vito B camera.

This structure was built just five years before I took this picture, in 1960, and surrounding work was obviously still on-going. The monument was built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator (4 March 1394 – 13 November 1460), more correctly called "Infante Henry, Duke of Viseu".

The monument is based on the form of a "caravel" (a small and highly manoeuvrable sailing ship developed in the 15th century by the Portuguese) and shows Henry at the prow of a ship holding a "carrack" (a four-masted sailing ship also developed in the 15th century by the Portuguese) with, on either side of the ramps, a total of 33 figures from the history of the "Discoveries" including Magellan, Vasco da Gama and several others. Only one woman is depicted and that is Queen Philippa of Lancaster, the mother of "The Illustrious Generation" and also natural mother of Henry the Navigator.

Luckily, 49 years ago, I also took a closer picture of the western side of this monument and I have added that as a workshop. In that image you can see Queen Philippa of Lancaster second from the left.

These pictures were taken not long after this monument was built, but in more recent pictures it is starting to look not quite so clean!

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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