Padrao dos Descobrimentos in a white monument in Lisbons district Belem, which should express Portugals raise as discoverer of new worlds on the high sea.
The monument was erected in 1960, to remember the 500th day of death of Prince Henry the sailor (Infante Dom Henrique, 1394 – 1460).
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Padrao dos Descobrimentos has a height of 50 metres, and pushes like a bow into the Tejo river. At the top stands a sculpture of Prince Henry. His sailor school was the germ cell of Portugals impressive success on the seven seas.
The facility has an elevator which brings the visitor up to an outlook terrace. From there it’s possible to have a nice view on the mosaic of marble infront of the monument. It shows a world map with Portugals former colonies.