All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Your program handouts are available online, located in your account on roadscholar.org. Once you’ve logged in to your Road Scholar account, click on Upcoming Online Programs and you’ll see an option to select this program. You should have received instructions to view these in your pre-program email.
11:00 a.m. Our Group Leader and expert instructor will lead an Orientation and welcome meeting (60 minutes) with introductions.
12:00 Noon. We’ll take a virtual stroll (45 minutes) through Belém, the section of Lisbon with the most significant buildings and monuments associated with Portugal’s golden age of discovery. We will start at the Tower of Belém, built in the early 16th century, that marks the entrance to Lisbon. It has become the symbol of the capital city. We will proceed to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos — Monument to the Discoveries — erected as a temporary exhibit for the 1940 Portuguese World Exhibition. It was rebuilt nearly two decades later as a permanent monument to honor the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry “the Navigator.” More than 170 feet (52 meters) high, it represents the prow of a ship surmounted by the figures of 33 prominent figures of the time. We will end with a glimpse of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos — Jerónimos Monastery — grand, ornately decorated in the unique Manueline style, and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. Inside are the tombs of Portuguese kings; the country’s most important poet, Camões; and Vasco da Gama. 1:00 p.m. Break. 1:30 p.m. Lecture and field trip (60 minutes). , we will have an overview of Portugal, Lisbon, the Belém district, and learn about the “golden age” of Portuguese navigation that began in the 15th century and the discovery of the sea route to India led by Vasco da Gama. We will then have a virtual field trip to explore the Museu de Marinha — Maritime Museum — also known as the Navy Museum, and examine the evolution of Portuguese shipbuilding in this period. We will see models of ships of the time as well as scientific instruments that allowed daring voyages, and learn about the daily life of sailors.We’ll also have a question and answer (Q&A) session. 3:00 p.m. After a short break, we’ll engage in a Q&A session (30 minutes) focusing on how Portuguese people today see this period of their history. 3:30 p.m. Today’s online session ends.