Just a hop, skip and a jump east of the 16th-century Belém Tower, in Lisbon, Portugal, stands another tower: The Monument to the Discoveries. Originally built for the 1940s World’s Fair, it honored the great Portuguese explorer Henry the Navigator. Eighteen years later there was general agreement that a permanent monument was needed.
Leopoldo de Almeida designed an ornate marble and concrete tower, 170 feet tall, honoring all of Portugal’s great explorers. The renowned Portuguese architect Cristino da Silva was hired to design a marble compass mosaic, 160 feet in diameter, featuring a map showing historic voyages. The map is a tourist favorite, making it possible for them to hop, skip and jump all over the world.
Photographed from the tower of the Monument to the Discoveries by Olivier Vancayzeele.