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Portugal is a relatively small country located in the south-west of the European continent, but did you know that in the past, in a time where scientists defended that Planet Earth was a plain like a piece of paper, Portuguese navigators where the most adventurers in the world, so the first maps of the world as we know it where actually traced by the Portuguese navigators. And until the nineteenth century, Portugal was one of the biggest and most important countries in the world since a lot of countries that we know today, like Brasil, Angola, Mozambique, Macau and others where all part of the Portuguese territory, but later, those countries all gained independence, with the exception of Macau, that now belongs to China.
So, as a tribute to those braves navigators, there is a monument located in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, with 50 meters high, that represents those times of Portuguese glory.
As you can see, it has the design of a part of a "caravela" (caravela was the kind of boat used at those times by Portuguese navigators), and on the sides of the caravela, there are 33 sculptures of men that were all important in the Portuguese story for some reason, like the great writer Luis de Camões.
It is a great monument that completely worth to be visited. It not only is beautiful, as it has a lot of meaning to Portuguese people.
So, what do you think of this? Did you know that Portugal was a big country back in time? Have you ever visited Portugal? What do you think of this monument?
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