Buddha Eden Garden
On our private tour you can get to the Quinta dos Loridos, where is located the largest oriental garden in Europe – the incredible Buddha Eden Park. The oriental garden with around 35 hectares of land was created as a reaction to the destruction of the Buddhas in Afghanistan. Construction of the park began in 2001. Jose Berardu, philanthropist and collector of contemporary art decided to build his “Garden of Eden” when he found out about this cruel occasion.
Its construction is not finished yet. So do not be surprised if you see a couple of tractors during the visit. The park is planned to be completed by 2020, and then it will occupy 45 hectares.
In the park you will find statues of Buddhas of any colors and shapes. The Golden Buddha, laughing, lying, micro-Buddhas, huge Buddhas, etc.
At the central lake, KOI (Japanese carp) fish can be seen, and sculpted dragons rise out of the water. There is also the opportunity to see the seven hundred hand-painted terracotta soldiers, each of them unique copies of those which were buried some 2,200 years ago. You will be truly enchanted with the peace and tranquility of this unique and special place!
The Modern and Contemporary Sculpture Garden provides a space in nature to appreciate modern art within a tranquil set¬ting. Nestled within the plants and trees are monumental works selected from the Berardo Collection by various renowned artists such as Alexander Calder, Fernando Botero, Tony Cragg, Lynn Chadwick, Allen Jones and many others. This open-air gallery has works being introduced and replaced on a regular basis giving the visitor something new and interesting to see.
The African Sculpture Garden is dedicated to the Shona people of Zimbabwe who have been hand-sculpting stone into works of art for nearly a thousand years. The Shona believe in ancestral spirits known as “Vadzimu”. In their sculptures they demonstrate the unity between these two worlds, the physical and the spiritual. These incredible stone carvers hold firm to the belief that every stone has a life spirit and it is that ‘life spirit’ that influences what sculpture that stone will become. It is the artist’s job to “release the spirit from the stone”. There are over 200 sculptures on display surrounded by the shade of a 1000 palms.