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The Buddha Eden Garden

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Address: Quinta dos Loridos, Carvalhal 2540-480, Portugal
Phone Number: (+351) 262 605 240
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Description: 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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Where East meets West

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

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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Stratford on Avon, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Did not expect it to be as amazing as it was, the gardens and statues were amazing, you could spend a whole day if your legs are up to it! the scale of the statues is staggering, we went in August but I think it was a bit hot for our visit as it is inland, it would be a... More 

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wiltshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

In the middle of nowhere, a park of 35 hectares, filled with Asian styled statuary, modern sculpture, more Agapanthus than could possibly be counted. Enjoy it and the vision behind it.

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Wales, Europe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This was probably the quirkiest and least expensive part of our Portuguese holiday. It's a quiet theme park of Asian inspired kitsch - but it works. We spent an hour or so walking around, somewhere between conversation and reflection. Plenty of room for all and leaves you with the sense of awe that anybody could devote their fortune to such... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We heard from some friends that Eden Buddha was well worth a visit and wow were they right, stunning landscapes, contempary sculptures and even a blue "teracota army" amongst buddha after buddha stature. Very tranquille and included a history of art in tiles to finish prior to a well earned glass of vino....magnificent and great value for €2.50 a head

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I hardly ever write assessments of attractions, but this one is so extreme I feel I need to write a warning. Indeed, many positive comments are found, but this clearly depends on your taste. This garden is excellent if you are into kitsch, but please do not make the mistake we made if you are more into authenticity. This garden... More 

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Zermatt, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Wow it's really a beautiful place and there is so much to discover. It's so peaceful and clean, we enjoyed my time there very much. The artwort is fantastic, my favorite one was the jungle with lots of different animal statues. Really a place to spend half a day there so if you're in the area or driving by on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

What a lovely place to visit. There are quiet areas as well as the popular well photographed areas. We took a picnic, so cannot comment on the cafe / restaurant. Would recommend walking around the gardens rather than taking the tourist train as you can find paths off the beaten track. Will definitely go again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

Nice park with different Buddha's. I was a kind of annoyed by the disrespect of some people for the Buddha statues by climbing on top of them. At the restaurant a saw a photograph of the terracotta army depicted in the authentic colours. The original colours get lost in no time during excavation cause the laquer loses its moist and... More 

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

My husband, son, and I stayed a couple of nights in Nazaré and decided to take a side trip here. I had seen pictures posted but had to see this place for myself. Unique experience in a lovely setting. We were amazed at the sheer size of the garden and the surprises around every corner. Very peaceful. Only drawback- not... More 

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