Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park

A preserved memory of old recreational farms from the 19th century

Open on days:

18/19 25/26

10:00 — 18:00

Largo Júlio Castilho

A landmark by its gigantic size and historical importance, the Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park is home to the first Norfolk Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) to be planted in mainland Portugal, in 1842.

Currently attached to the Museum of Costume and the Theatre and Dance Museum in Lumiar, it was during its ownership by the Marquis of Angeja, in the 18th century, that this botanical garden was designed as a complement to a Natural History museum. Considering the closeness between the Marquis of Angeja and Domenico Vandelli at the Portuguese Court, it is likely that the Italian botanist — responsible for the foundation of the Ajuda Botanical Garden — helped in the design of this space.

The purchase and merger of several farms by the Duke of Palmela in the 19th century, expanded the park to its current 11 hectares. Immortalised in Almeida Garrett’s poetry, it is among the “beauties of this park, among those flowers” ​​that we can still recognize the structure of recreational farms: botanical garden, rose garden, orchard, meadows, woods and vegetable garden.