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Padrão dos Descobrimentos

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"Designed by the architect Cottinelli Telmo (1897 – 1948) and the sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida (1898 – 1975), the Padrão dos Descobrimentos was erected for the first time in 1940, in an ephemeral form and integrated into the Portuguese World Exhibition. Built in perishable materials, it had a light iron and cement structure, with the sculptural composition being molded in stafe (a mixture of plaster and tow, consolidated by a wooden or iron frame or railing). In 1960, on the occasion of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the death of Infante D. Henrique, the Standard was rebuilt in concrete and rose stone from Leiria, and the sculptures in limestone from Sintra. In 1985 it was opened as the Discoveries Cultural Center. Architect Fernando Ramalho remodeled the interior, providing the Padrão with a viewpoint, auditorium and exhibition rooms. A stylized caravel sets sail, carrying Infante D. Henrique and some of the protagonists (32) of overseas expansion and culture of the time, navigators, cartographers, warriors, evangelizers, chroniclers and artists, are portrayed with the symbols that individualize them. A stylized mast, with North – South orientation, has on each side two Portuguese shields, with five corners, surrounded by a band with 12 castles and in the center several fleurs-de-lis. The mast is flanked on each side by three triangular, curved structures, giving the illusion of sails billowing in the wind."
"The Padrão dos Descobrimentos is an imposing structure located in Lisbon, on the banks of the Tagus River. Erected in 1960, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery, paying tribute to the navigators and explorers who opened up new sea routes during the 15th and 16th centuries. Its unique architectural form, in the shape of a caravel, stands out in the landscape, with sculptures representing historical figures such as Henry the Navigator and other explorers. Besides its visual beauty, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos houses a museum that tells the story of the great Portuguese maritime expeditions and discoveries. It is a fascinating place to learn about Portugal's glorious past and enjoy panoramic views of the city."
"Monument formed by a sculptural group in the shape of a caravel, depicting Henry the Navigator with other protagonists of the great territorial discoveries of Portugal. It was erected together with the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery to commemorate the 500th anniversary of one of the greatest navigators of the Portugal. 👣How to get there: reachable on foot from Belém Tower (800m-10min).Tram stop: Algés, line 15E. 🎟️Ticket cost:full price 10£-reduced price 5£, 20% discount with Lisboa City Card. "

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