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Reviewed 2 January 2021

Fascist and authoritarian regimes like to position themselves as the logical end of the country's development and the transition to eternity. Accordingly, in art, they love epic paintings and monumental sculptures with many participants from different eras. The monument to the discoverers was erected under the dictatorship of Salazar, in 1960. It was the year of Africa, when 17 African states declared independence. And Salazar's Portugal, on the contrary, fought against the local population in its colonies of Angola, Guinea, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe and Cape Verde to the last. If these were separate monuments, they would be monuments to the discoverer of the sea route to India, Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeo Diaz, who first reached the Cape of Good Hope, Fernand Magellan, the organizer of the first circumnavigation of the world, and Pedro Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil. However, gathered together and diluted by kings and missionaries, these figures are perceived as organizers of colonial expansion and colonial exploitation, paving the way for the slave trade, mass violence and extermination of the local population.

Date of experience: February 2020
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Reviewed 26 November 2020 via mobile

Lisbon icon is Belem tower but for me is this place I loved it , nothing describes it more as place voyagers set out in search of foreign lands and spices

Date of experience: September 2020
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Reviewed 10 November 2020 via mobile

The monument is just beside Torre de Belem and the Jeronimos Monastery! I recommended going in there and get a view of everything! It has a nice walk to Torre de Belem! Just be prepared, it’s a bit windy in there

Date of experience: November 2020
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Reviewed 6 October 2020 via mobile

It is a big sculpture representing the Portuguese explorers. It is located in the riverside and has a perfect view to the big "25th April" bridge.

Date of experience: September 2020
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Reviewed 3 September 2020 via mobile

Stunning location and there is a lovely atmosphere. We just admired the view on a beautiful day. Worth the visit!

Date of experience: October 2019
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