Calçada da Ajuda1300-001 Lisboa
Founded in 1768, this garden was designed by an Italian botanist Domingos Vandelli, that came from Padua at the request of King José I to teach the princes. The Ajuda Botanical Garden was the first designed to preserve, study and collect as many species as possible of the plant world. It once reached the 5000 species, arranged according to the reproductive system proposed by Linnaeus, Vandelli master. It has an area of 3.5 hectares, divided into two uneven terraces. The architecture of the garden follows the Renaissance models, but clearly has elements of Baroque influence, displaying three key elements, carved stone, plants and water sources and lakes. Among the gardens galleries of Italian design you´ll find majestic colourful peacocks with a very solemn posture, strolling slowly about their business. Take a bow and if possible combine this tour with a visit to the Ajuda National Palace, just opposite to the garden.