National Library of Portugal Gardens

In a place for books, a forest of leaves

Open on days:

18/19 25/26

24h

Campo Grande 83

This is a garden where wild olives (Olea europaea var. sylvestris) shares space with stone pines (Pinus pinea), sycamores (Acer pseudoplatanus), jacarandas (Jacaranda mimosifolia) and elms (Ulmus procera).

The National Library building is surrounded by about 4 hectares of gardens, organised into three distinct areas. Planning was started in 1955 by the architect António Facco Viana, who favoured a naturalistic approach to landscaping. The informal environment, close to nature, was conceived in order to showcase the building, as much through the design of the space as by the selection and distribution of species.

The garden is currently undergoing renovation, the aims of which are the restoration of the terrain, the planting of new trees, bushes and herbaceous cover, and the sowing of lawns and meadows. The result promises to be magnificent, and will certainly contribute to the atmosphere of the main Reading Room.

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10:30 — 12:30

Guided Visits

An Exhibition of Historical Gardens: Memory and Future

w/ Teresa Andresen

Portugal’s historical gardens are perhaps our least known, most beautiful, and most threatened cultural properties. They are places where the relationship between the Portuguese and nature is perpetuated and renewed and which function as a vehicle for our identity. During this visit to Portugal’s National Library’s most recent exhibition, we will have the pleasure of being accompanied by the landscape architect Teresa Andresen.
18/19 25/26

10:30 — 12:30

Exhibitions

Historical Gardens: Memory and Future

Portugal’s historical gardens are perhaps our least known, most beautiful, and most threatened cultural properties. They are places where the relationship between the Portuguese and nature is being perpetuated and renewed and which function as a vehicle for our identity. This exhibition is organised around three important concepts: Incomplete Memories; Reconstructed Memories and A Present with a Future.

Registration required and open from 14 July.


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