resembles a ship on the shoreline of the Tagus River. It commemorates
the great age of Portuguese colonial discovery. Here begin the
routes of Prince Henry
and Ferdinand Magellan.
sponsorship of the great kings
II and Emanuel, Portuguese explorers set out to chart
and take possession of new lands in Africa, the Americas and Asia.
laid the basis of the Portuguese Empire.
remained neutral during
War II. The port of Lisbon became both a haven and a port
of embarkation for
refugees from all over Europe.