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Bacalhoa Buddha Eden

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Address: Quinta dos Loridos, Carvalhal 2540-480, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 966 219 519
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

This tour takes you to the heart of Obidos region and with a history...

This tour takes you to the heart of Obidos region and with a history linked to wine and sparkling wine production dating back to the XV Century, the Quinta dos Loridos estate is a unique place, where tranquillity and nature play a special role.

It is from these vineyards that the grapes are picked for the production of top quality sparkling wines - those of the Loridos brand . Produced in the age old winery, a rod-press dating from the XVII Century can still be found here. The Classic Method ("Methode Champenoise") is used to produce the wine, the whole process of which is conducted manually. This is followed by a period of ageing in the cellar.

The surroundings of the cellar perfectly complement its purpose: terraced gardens, a lake, a forest, vineyards, and the largest oriental gardens in Europe, the impressive Buddha Eden.

Buddha Eden Garden:

With circa 35 hectares, the garden was created and devised by the Comendador Jose Berardo, in response to the destruction of the Buddhas of Banyan, in which one of the greatest acts of cultural barbarity took place, erasing masterpieces of late-period Gandhara art.

From Buddhas , pagodas, terracotta statues and the various carefully-placed sculptures which can be found among the gardens, it is estimated that some six thousand tons of marble and granite were used to create this monumental work of art.

There are seven hundred hand-painted terracotta soldiers, each of them unique, copies of those which were buried, some of them 2,200 years ago. At the central lake, KOI (Japanese carp) fish can be seen, and sculpted dragons rise out of the water. The central staircase is the focal point of the garden, where the golden Buddhas offer you a calm welcome.

This is the Quinta dos Loridos estate, a place which awakens the senses...

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Sculpture Park - a rich man's folly

A lot of beautiful stuff here. Not quite where you would expect to find it but lots is great pieces in an evolving park - they are clearly working hard to add more to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lot of beautiful stuff here. Not quite where you would expect to find it but lots is great pieces in an evolving park - they are clearly working hard to add more to the collection and to landscape more areas to show off the collection at its best.

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Andover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited this attraction with friends that lived locally and had been a number of times before. Although they had described this place to us, we still found it somewhat odd to see it for ourselves! We have never seen 'real' Buddhas before and found them all quite attractive. The addition of the Africa part was a bonus. The area... More 

1 Thank Ronald M
Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Excellent value day out with plenty to see. Stunning views over the gardens when you enter. You can catch the mini train to take you around, many stops on the way. Disappointed with the Warriers, they were painted Blue on our visit with friends. Didn't look at all like the pictures on the the website. I would personally visit on... More 

1 Thank safwmat
Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Unexpected find, didn't see it advertised anywhere, advised to go by friend. Definitely worth a visit.

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Milan, Italy
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This was a very unexpected surprise in the middle of "nowhere" in Portugal. Sure, it doesn't really make sense and it might not really be very authentic to Portugal. However, in my opinion it is still worth a visit. We expected a smaller garden with a few statues and some "zen"-like atmosphere and were surprised to find an enormous garden... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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29 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

If you would like to waste your time when visiting Portugal that is the perfect place! Nothing make sense in this place..... Landscape nicely done, but everything else is just kitsch/bizarre!

1 Thank Carlos P
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I have visited this special place many times over the last few years with family and friends and seen it develop into something unique, quirky and indescribable. Each visit reveals more to see and explore with a range of sculptures, artwork, landscaped gardens with walks and water features situated within a tranquil large garden. There is a cafe providing snacks... More 

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Newbridge, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Totally out of the blue and very unexpected. Amazing gardens and sculptures very reasonable to visit.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Very unusual but interesting place to visit if you have a few hours spare. Strangely, you're not allowed to picnic here so not having known that, we had to find somewhere to hide to eat our lunch. Cheap entry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Who would have guessed? Just an hour north of Lisbon, in the countryside, is a beautiful managed garden, intended as “a place for reconciliation.” Buddha Eden is 35 hectares (86 acres) of natural fields, lakes, manicured gardens and Buddhist statuary, designed and conceived by the notable art collector and philanthropist José Manuel Berardo in response to the destruction of the... More 

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