Padrao dos Descobrimentos
Lisbon, Portugal is a great Tourist destination. There are Museums, Art Galleries, Churches and a great many Architectural Treasures recording and representing both Lisbon’s History, but also Portugal’s centuries of achievement.
One of Portugal’s most significant achievement, is perhaps, the period what was know as the Age of Discovery… the Age of Exploration which ran across the 15th and 16th centuries. A multitude of the adventures and stories are told in the Cities Museums and Galleries.
On the waterfront of Lisbon, overlooking the River Tagus, is a much more modern contribution to these achievements. Created in 1960 and dedicated to recognise the five centuries since the death of Prince Henry the Navigator, the expeditions he lead, and those that followed, resulted in the discovery of countries and continents, creating a map of much of the world, a world that we would recognise today.
A symbolic Sailing Ship, surrounded by its crew of explores, map makers and religious evangelists headed by their leader Prince Henry.
There is indeed much to see on any visit to Lisbon. But do make time to view this modern Sculptural Tribute to Portugal’s Maritime achievements. It is a great contrast to the more traditional Museums, that also have to be visited.
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