Monument to the Discoveries

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Monument to the Discoveries is a monument on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary, in Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon. Located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery or Age of Exploration during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon

Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon

Carrack Sailing Ship – Small Left

Carrack Sailing Ship – Small Left

Leading the Procession is Henry the Navigator, holding a model of a carrack ship, on either side of the ramps of the monument are a total of 33 figures from the history of the Portuguese Age of Discoveries.

Monument to the Discoveries East Side

Monument to the Discoveries East Side

Eastern Side of Monument to the Discoveries
Afonso V of Portugal
Vasco da Gama (discoverer of the sea route to India)
Afonso Gonçalves Baldaia (navigator)
Pedro Álvares Cabral (discoverer of Brazil)
Ferdinand Magellan (first to circumnavigate the globe)
Nicolau Coelho (navigator)
Gaspar Corte-Real (navigator)
Martim Afonso de Sousa (navigator)
João de Barros (writer)
Estêvão da Gama (sea captain)
Bartolomeu Dias (first to cross over the Cape of Good Hope)
Diogo Cão (first to arrive to the Congo river)
António de Abreu (navigator)
Afonso de Albuquerque (second viceroy of Portuguese India)
Saint Francis Xavier (missionary)
Cristóvão da Gama (captain)



Monument to the Discoveries West Side

Monument to the Discoveries West Side

Western Side of Monument to the Discoveries<
Peter, Duke of Coimbra (son of King John I of Portugal)
Queen Philippa of Lancaster
Fernão Mendes Pinto (explorer and writer)
Gonçalo de Carvalho (missionary Dominican)
Henrique de Coimbra (missionary franciscan)
Luís de Camões (renaissance poet who celebrated the navigations in the epic Lusiads)
Nuno Gonçalves (painter)
Gomes Eanes de Zurara (chronicler)
Pêro da Covilhã (traveller)
Jácome de Maiorca (cartographer)
Pedro Escobar (pilot)
Pedro Nunes (mathematician)
Pêro de Alenquer (pilot)
Gil Eanes (navigator)
João Gonçalves Zarco (navigator)
Ferdinand the Holy Prince (son of King John I of Portugal)