Ajuda Botanical Garden

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The Ajuda Botanical Garden is the oldest in Portugal, part of the Agronomical Teaching Institute, as a research and study amenity.
The garden has origins in the 18th century, founded in 1768 by order of the powerful Marquês Pombal, projected by the renowned Italian botanic Domingos Vandelli, that used the style of the garden of his town, Pádua.

After the damage of the big earthquake of 1755 that destroyed much of Lisboa, the king D. José and the court decided to move to one of the Lisboa’s areas that was less affected by the earthquake: the Ajuda quarter, at that time far from the centre. The Garden was then built for the Royal family leisure, and education of the Princes, as an important part of the Ajuda National Palace.

Occupying an area of about 3,5 hectares, the Garden style follows the Renaissance style with sculpted stones, fountains and lakes. The decoration is markedly Barroque, symbol of the foundation time and to whom it was built for.
The garden houses many national and international species, which the main highlight is the Dragon Tree original of Madeira island with over 400 years old.
Beyond all the botanical species and features, the Garden also has leisure, recreation and contemplation purposes, housing as well the “aromatic garden”, with aromatic and medicinal plants.

The Ajuda Botanical Garden also organizes guided visits, gardening courses and important research projects, offering as well several activities and programs for children and youngsters.

An amazing space, worth the visit, situated in the privileged area of Belem / Ajuda, filled with beauty and peace of mind: an oasis that Lisboa has to offer.



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