Palácio Fronteira Gardens

The artistic audacity of the Baroque meets the richness of classical motifs in a formal hedge garden

21 28 May

10:00 — 18:00

Largo São Domingos de Benfica 1

* Self-guided visit

Pets are not allowed.
The access is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis, without prior registration.
This is an entirely free event.

This garden is open daily and can be visited (upon payment) independently of the festival's programme.

The Palácio Fronteira was built between 1671 and 1672 as the hunting pavilion of D. João Mascarenhas, First Marquis of Fronteira. Set into the north-eastern slopes of the Serra de Monsanto, its magnificent gardens cover around 5.5 hectares.

The gardens, divided into various hubs, are home to an explosion of colour and brightness, mixing blues, reds, ochres and greens in a synesthetic experience that’s difficult to beat.

Recognised as a National Monument since 1982, the Palácio Fronteira and its gardens are among the most emblematic spaces of Lisbon, and an example of the careful conservation of national heritage and culture by the Fundação das Casas de Fronteira e Alorna.

In this garden you will find a universe of intricate details written on tiles and statues, just waiting to be discovered.

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Edible Plants and Aromatic Herbs

Classified as a national monument in 1982, Fronteira Palace and its gardens are one of the most emblematic historical locations in Lisbon, and a leading example of the delicate work of conserving heritage and culture, here under the management of Fundação das Casas de Fronteira e Alorna. Among statues and azulejo tiles, this activity will identify and collect edible plants that grow in the garden.

Conducted by: Dafne Vaz
Location: Palácio Fronteira Gardens

For all ages
Capacity: 20 people
Duration: 120 minutes

Registration: *

Activity not recommended for people with reduced mobility

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Guided Visits

Discovering the Eduardo Nery Garden – Laranjal Garden

This garden is full of intricate details inscribed on tiles and statues from centuries past, mixed in with contemporary work by Portuguese artists such as Eduardo Nery. A sculptor and painter, his distinctive geometric compositions appeared on multiple media, from tapestries to tiles and even on the Portuguese calçada paving stones. This guided visit will discuss the influence of Islamic art on Eduardo Nery's famous multicolour and geometric compositions in tiles, as well as telling the story of how the artist's work was installed in the Laranjal Garden, breathing new life into the gardens of Fronteira Palace.

Conducted by: Susana Neves
Location: Palácio Fronteira Gardens

For all ages
Capacity: 20 people
Duration: 60 minutes


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