Monuments and Maps

In Lisbon there is a statue known as the Monument to the Discoveries (or Padrão dos Descobrimentos in Portuguese) which was built to celebrate the Portuguese Age of Discovery, located at a point along the river where many ships would have departed for their explorations.

Monument to the Discoveries Lisbon

Monument to the Discoveries Lisbon

Monument to the Discoveries Lisbon

There are different people commemorated on each side. This side includes:

  • Peter, Duke of Coimbra (son of King John I of Portugal), Queen Philippa of Lancaster, Fernão Mendes Pinto (explorer and writer), Friar Gonçalo de Carvalho, Friar Henrique Carvalho, Luís de Camões (renaissance poet who celebrated the navigations in the epic Lusiads), Nuno Gonçalves (painter), Gomes Eanes de Zurara (chronicler), Pêro da Covilhã (traveller), Jácome de Maiorca (cartographer), Pedro Escobar (navigator), Pedro Nunes (mathematician), Pêro de Alenquer (navigator), Gil Eanes (navigator), João Gonçalves Zarco (navigator), Ferdinand the Holy Prince (son of King John I of Portugal) (Source: Wikipedia)

Since this was a statue commemorating exploration, there was of course a huge world map on the floor decoration nearby:

Lisbon floor map

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This entry was posted by Jennifer Ferreira.

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