It took brave men and women who set sail from Belem, to discover other worlds.
I bet it would have been frightening waving goodbye to the shores of Lisbon, not knowing when or even if you would return. Once on the open sea, you could only rely on the sun and other stars, to guide your way…
The Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon was built to honor Portuguese discoveries. It is located on Tagus river in Belem from where sailors would depart for new geographical discoveries. On the statue, there are 34 sculptures of sailors with the largest figure on top – the sculpture of Henry the Navigator.
I was surprised that during the night, the stars were so well visible despite the lights in the capital of Portugal. These were likely the same stars that led the adventurers to see other worlds.