Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and the oldest city of Western Europe, is built on seven hills in a large estuary where the Tagus River opens into the Atlantic Ocean. The city is old, but its soul is vivacious, it has never lost its magic since the strong times of the past.
Today, a huge monument rises on the coast of Belem, where Portuguese sailors set out to search for 'New World'; Explorers' Monument. The gigantic monument honoring the transnational discoveries that changed the country's world political history, is decorated with descriptions of many explorers participating in the New World journey.
If the real story of Lisbon begins with the Age of Discoveries, what best describes it Belem Explorers Monument It must be. In Belem, where the best sailors of the world sailed to the unknown in the 15th century, it has a ship-like appearance on the banks of the Tagus River.
At the top of the monument, in the memorial of Infante Dom Henrique, also known as Sailor Prince Henry, is told about the successes of all explorers.
Belem Explorers Monument, Lisbon
Explorers' Monument (Padrao dos Descobrimentos) stands sailing like a ship in the Tagus River, where Portugal's most important discoveries began. At the top, in the middle and in the front is the sea of Henrique the Portuguese King Sailor, known as Henrique o Navegador.
The Explorers' Monument was built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Infante Dom Henrique, also known as sailor Prince Henry. Even though the king has never explored, all seafarers have been paved with the support of geographical discoveries. He encouraged explorers to travel and provided financial support to them.
The monument, which opened to visitors in 1960, has the reliefs of 30 people who undertook very important duties in the golden age of Portugal. When you look at the monument from the east and west, you can perceive the reliefs in different ways. When you look at it from the east front, Sailor Henry has a ship and King Alfonso 5, Pedro Alvares Cabral, Vasco Da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan behind him.
Vasco Gamma are the names that discovered India, and Pedro Alvares are the names who discovered Brazil. Ferdinand Magellan, on the other hand, is known as the first explorer who managed to travel around the world in full rounds. Apart from these three names, the mathematicians, clergymen and cartographers of the period are also depicted in the monument.
Where the important discoveries that changed the fate of the country began, on the world map drawn in front of the monument, the representation of Portuguese ships from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean are drawn.
Visitors to the Belem Explorer Explorers Monument go up to this hill by elevator and witness the magnificent city view. The monument city, which has a total of 7 floors, a museum, exhibition halls and many galleries, is one of the best scenic buildings you can watch and is flooded with visitors throughout the day.
It is paid to go to the monument. If you don't want to pay a fee, you have to walk hundreds of steps, which can be quite tiring. There is a toilet under the top floor and seating places where you can rest on certain floors. It is worth going out to see Belem from above. When landing, you have to use the stairs, not the elevator.
Belem Tower is next to the monument, which is open to visitors between 08.00-18.00. Explorers' MonumentAfter discovering the museum in Istanbul, don't forget to go up to the top of the monument by elevator and watch the magnificent view of the 25 April Bridge, Belem Tower and Lisbon.
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