Monument to the Discoveries

The Discoveries Monument is located close to the Jeronimos Monastery and can be reached via an underpass from its gardens. The sculpture comprises more than 30 statues of people who played an important historical role in the discoveries, led of course by Henry the Navigator himself. The latter is shown standing on the bow of the ‘ship’ holding a model of a caravel.

Henry the Navigator is flanked by King Afonso V, who supported the colonisation of Africa, alongside Vasco da Gama, Pedro Alvares Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil, and Ferdinand Magellan, the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe.