Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Designed by architect Cottinelli Telmo and sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos was first built in 1940, as a temporary structure of the Portuguese World Fair. Built out of perishable materials, it was a light iron and concrete structure, its sculptures moulded in fibrous gypsum plaster (a composite of plaster and burlap, reinforced by a wooden or iron frame or railings).

In 1960, in order to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Infante Dom Henrique’s death (Henry the Navigator), the Monument was rebuilt in concrete and rose-tinted stone from Leiria, and its sculptures in limestone from Sintra. In 1985, the Discoveries Cultural Centre was opened. The architect Fernando Ramalho remodelled the interior, adding a viewpoint, auditorium and exhibition rooms to the Monument.

Standing tall and alone on the banks of the Tagus, reminds visitors of Portugal’s overseas expansion, epitomising the nation’s glorious past and a symbol of the greatness of Infante Dom Henrique’s accomplishments, the driving force behind the Discoveries.


Accessible for people with reduced mobility.

Monument of the Discoveries
Av. Brasília
1400-038 Lisboa

March to September: 10 AM to 7 PM (Monday to Sunday)
October to February: 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesday to Sunday)
Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
Last entry: 30 minutes before closing.

Capacity: 92 seated

Panoramic viewpoint 
30 m2

714, 727, 728, 729, 751
Belém, CCB