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During the long walk from the train station to the Torre de Belem, we passed the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, or Monument to the Discoveries. This monument celebrates the Portuguese explorers such as Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan who took part in the Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th Centuries.
The monument is very striking, and consists of a huge block of concrete carved into the shape of the prow of a caravel with it's sails unfurled. At the prow stands a statue of Henry the Navigator, and behind him are the statues of other great people of that era, including explorers, cartographers, artists, scientists and missionaries.
Instead of going for the obvious shot of a close up of the monument, I decided to include some of the modern yachts at the nearby marina to add interest to the foreground. It was about a half hour before sunset, so the low-angled light had a pleasing warmth to it. We couldn't stick around though, as we were trying to get to the Torre de Belem in time for the sunset.

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Additional Photos by Ben WX (ben4321) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1801 W: 133 N: 2077] (9875)
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