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Lisbon-Monument to the Discoveries

 

Built, originally, as a temporary structure for the 1940 World Exhibition, to celebrate the period of the Discoveries and such as Vasco da Gama, Pedro Cabral, and Ferdinand Magellan.  The original was demolished after the Exhibition and this was constructed in 1960 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator (otherwise known as the Infante Henrique, Duque de Viseau). Its location is significant, Vasco da Gama left from this point on the river in 1497 on his voyage to India.  The monument is 50 metres, 171 ft., tall and there are more than thirty statues of people.

Lisbon-Monument to the Discoveries

 

Built, originally, as a temporary structure for the 1940 World Exhibition, to celebrate the period of the Discoveries and such as Vasco da Gama, Pedro Cabral, and Ferdinand Magellan.  The original was demolished after the Exhibition and this was constructed in 1960 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator (otherwise known as the Infante Henrique, Duque de Viseau). Its location is significant, Vasco da Gama left from this point on the river in 1497 on his voyage to India.  The monument is 50 metres, 171 ft., tall and there are more than thirty statues of people.

comments (14)

I think that's fantastic!!!
Tom Wilson: An impressive monument -on your next trip you should come in via Lisbon smile
A fitting tribute to what was a momentous voyage of discovery, Tom, I like the framing with the leaves.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Frank.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Dec 2016, 06:46
This is very impressive Tom, just look at the size of it compared to the actual size of the people!
Tom Wilson: It's certainly imposing!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 Dec 2016, 06:51
What a mammoth task, having to build this twice, Tom
Tom Wilson: I guess that the first must have been a fairly flimsy affair smile
WOW, Tom. It looks incredible, especially from afar. I can imagine what it looks like up close and personal.
Tom Wilson: You can see it up close tomorrow, Ginnie
This impressive, if not too beautiful, monument was the thing I remember most on a one night stopover in Lisbon Tom.
Tom Wilson: You should definitely have another trip, Chad.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Dec 2016, 09:57
Bartolomeu Dias erected some crosses along our coast line, as they passed by on their way to India. Attributed to discovering South Africa, when I studied at school. Today he is only attributed with charting the coastline. Back then, there were lots of brave Portuguese - wonder what inspired them?
Tom Wilson: The search for gold and spices, I guess.
It is a beauty though I am a bit surprised by the cross.
Tom Wilson: Well I guess they were carrying the Word on their travels - the Jesuits were among the first to take advantage of the Discoveries.
A very impressive monument.
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Brian.
He is magnificent this monument which I visited a few years ago. Under certain angles, he looks like the bow of a ship. Beautiful light and composition
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Marie - it was wonderful weather!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Dec 2016, 19:36
I remember this magnificent monument and an iconic place for the Portugese history. Do you know the novel "The following Story" by Cees Nooteboom, it plays partly in Lisbon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Following_Story
It is nothing if not big Tom
what a magnificent monument with such history Tom...
i love your framing with the palm branches above....petersmile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Dec 2016, 04:15
Quite good, isn't it, Tom.

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