Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Cottinelli Telmo and Leopoldo de Almeida sculptor


© Luís Pavão

Open Visits

Regular Visits

Saturday: 11h30

Sunday: 11h30, 15h30


Saturday: 11h

Sunday: 11h, 15h

(Português) Sáb 11h com Eng. Jorge de Novais Bastos

Dom 11h e 15h com Arq. João Pardal Monteiro

No reservation required; first-come, first-served

Maximum 20 people per visit

Photography allowed


Erected in 1940 as an ephemeral construction under the auspices of the Portuguese World Exhibition, it evoked the country’s maritime exploits. It was built from perishable materials, with a light steel and cement structure over which the sculpted composition was moulded in fibrous gypsum plaster. In 1960, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of prince Henrique, it was rebuilt using concrete and cut rosal limestone from Leiria, with sculptures made from Sintra limestone. Its terrace boasts an exceptional sweeping vista over the monuments in Belém, an area that was heavily redesigned for the above-mentioned exhibition in 1940.



(Português) Avenida Brasília


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Public Transport

Bus: (Português) 15E, 714, 727, 728, 729, 751

Train: (Português) Linha Cascais - Belém