Palacete de São Bento Garden

The garden of the Prime Minister of Portugal’s official residence

Open on days:

19 26

10:00 — 18:00

Rua Imprensa à Estrela 4

Here, like in many roads, avenues and gardens of Lisbon, you will find flowering jacarandas (Jacaranda mimosifolia), heralding the start of summer with their canopies of beautiful lilac.

With an area of around two hectares, this garden belongs to the 19th century building of the Palacete de São Bento, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Portugal.

The garden occupies land that previously belonged to the old Convento de São Bento da Saúde (today the Assembleia da República), whose foundations date back to 1598. With the extinction of the religious orders in 1834, the convent became the property of the state, leading to different fates for the convent building and for the lands of its Benedictine enclosure, which were sold to individuals.

In 1999-2000, the gardens were fully rehabilitated, ready for use as a natural complement to the procedural and representative functions expected of the official residence of the Prime Minister.