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>Release date: 1 July 2020

Prince Henry

The Navigator. Son of King John I

The fifth son of King John I and his wife Filipa de Lencastre (sister of King Henry IV of England) Prince Henry was born in 1394 and died in 1460.

He was a central figure in the early days of the Portuguese Empire and the 15th-century European maritime discoveries and maritime expansion. Through his administrative direction, he is regarded as the primary initiator of what would be known as the Age of Discovery, which began with the conquest of Ceuta (1415), the Muslim port on the North African coast across the Straits of Gibraltar from the Iberian Peninsula.

The Monument of Discoveries has been sculptured in comemoration of Henry the Navigator and his discoveries in 1940. Then in 1960 it was reconstructed to mark 500 years since the prince's death . In the monuments there are the key navagators of Portugal like Vasco da Gama, Fernão de Magalhães (Magellan), Afonso Baldaia and many more. Click here ( west view ) and here ( east view )to see all the figues in the monument.