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Before heading inside the Monument to the Discoveries, don’t miss the opportunity to walk on the Compass Rose’s planisphere and follow the sea routes travelled by Portuguese explorers.
Inside the monument, a viewpoint at 56m of height provides a singular view over the city and the river. From there, the entire coastline can be seen, from Oeiras to Alcântara, and, on the opposite side of the Tagus, from Cacilhas to Cova do Vapor. There, visitors are afforded a spectacular view of historical buildings such as the Torre de Belém, the Jerónimos Monastery, the Belém Palace, the Memória Church, the National Palace of Ajuda, as well as various other cultural venues, such as the National Coach Museum, the Electricity Museum, and the Belém Cultural Center, which have imbued the area with great cultural and ludic importance.
The lower ground floor is reserved for exhibitions intended to stimulate visitors to explore and broaden their knowledge. Over the years, we have created exhibitions on a number of themes pertaining to the Monument and its role as a testament to the memory of a cultural identity and heritage, which you can learn more about here.
We are currently preparing a new exhibition, Are You a Tourist?, opening in June, which you can learn more about here.
To spice up your visit, gather a group (minimum 10 people) and contact our Educational Service in advance, which will be delighted to prepare a more personalized tour, where you’ll be able to learn about the history of Belém and of the Monument to the Discoveries.
We also regularly hold Accessible Tours, featuring audio descriptions and Portuguese Sign Language. The current schedule can be found here.