H-Bomb’s Friday Photo, Week 37: the Monument of the Discoveries in Lisbon

Happy happy Friday! Yesterday I visited my travel doctor and got a typhoid vaccine. I’m now fully immunized for my upcoming trip to Peru and Panama. That vacation is less than four weeks away!

It’s time for me to share with you my newest featured photograph. This week’s chosen image comes from the Portugese capital of Lisbon. The Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument of the Discoveries) is a marble sculpture that commemorates the Age of Exploration in which Portugese mariners played such a huge role.

Monument of the Discoveries

Also known as the Age of Discovery, the Age of Exploration occurred during the 15th and 16th centuries. This monument includes statues of leading Portugese contributors to the achievements of that era: monarchs as well as explorers, cartographers, artists, scientists and missionaries. Among the 33 luminaries depicted are Ferdinand Magellan (the organiser of the first expedition to circumnavigate the globe); Vasco da Gama (the commander of the first expedition to sail directly from Europe to India); Bartolomeu Dias (the first person to round the Cape of Good Hope); Pedro Álvares Cabral (the discoverer of Brazil); and the great poet Luís de Camões

Standing 164 feet in height, the Monument of the Discoveries was completed in 1960 and stands on the north bank of the Tagus River. This photo of it was taken during my trip to Lisbon that took place from December 2011 to January 2012. During that visit, Portugal became the 24th country on my World Karaoke Tour.

Are you interested in the Age of Exploration?

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