Padrão dos Descobrimentos or Monument to the Discoveries was made to honor the Portuguese who contributed to the Age of Exploration. It is located on the estuary of the Tagus river, where ships departed to their often unknown destinations. I was in awe with the monument but I bet what I felt was only a small fraction of the excitement that those explorers felt.
A closer look…
Yes, one can go inside and since it was a Sunday, the entrance fee was waived.
But I decided not to take advantage of it as there were still some places I needed to visit.
There are different figures on each sides. I’m ashamed to tell you that I didn’t do my research before going there. I might have recognized a figure if I did a quick review of world history, or even my country’s history.
I’ve just learned something about this monument from Wikipedia 😉