Open on days:
10:00 — 17:00
* Self-guided visit subject to capacity limit
A thoughtful, vibrant and biodiverse garden, where you will find a range of species including jacarandas, dragon trees, Moreton Bay (Australian) figs and a few examples of the intriguing pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii).
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.