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Sculpture to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. Colossal and eye-catching.

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Monumento a los descubrimientos (Discoveries Monument)

The caravel of heroes

Built in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, this huge sculpture is one of the most evocative monuments in Lisbon. Its shape is that of a huge caravel bow, where the most famous heroes of Portuguese history are represented under their monarch. On the western side, we find the figures of mathematician Pedro Nunes and the chronicler Gomes Eanes de Zurara while, on the eastern side, we see famous sailors like Vasco de Gama and Ferdinand Magellan. If one looks out to sea as indicated by the petro monarch, it is easy to imagine the excitement felt by those people that crossed the Atlantic seeking new territories and defying gales and ferocious seas. Inside this colossal, 52-metre high monument, runs an elevator that goes up to the top to offer a new view of Lisbon portraying Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery and the nearby, 50-meter wide compass rose on the floor of the Avenida de Brasilia.



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