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Borda Gardens (Jardin Borda)

Address: Morelos Avenue, Cuernavaca, Mexico
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Ranked #9 of 13 Attractions in Cuernavaca
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: These large 18th-century gardens were once visited by Emperor Maximilian.
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

There is a lot of history in these gardens in the house built by the silver baron Jose de la Borda. His son Manuel built the gardens in 1778 with plants brought on the Manila Galleons from Asia and others from Europe. Throughout the years it was an inn, a stage coach stop, government offices, a weekend residence for Maximillian... More

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Austin, Texas, USA
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129 reviews 129 reviews
55 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Walking through the gardens was peaceful and we spent time admiring the plants and trees. Going with family made it special since we had time to converse as we enjoyed our slow walk through the beautiful gardens.

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Opelika, Alabama
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Imagine if you will, following a tired week of sightseeing and walking up and down rough terrain of different types, you're ready for a little rest and relaxation. Take the short walk or taxi to Jardin Borda! Your eyes will feast on the eternal springtime beauty of this heavenly location! You'll forever share this memory with family and friends, and... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Went Tuesday morning. Read a few reviews afterwards, and was surprised by people who felt they were deglected. The paths are old, the gardens are old, you walk through history. They aren't a modern building. Everything was lush and green, everything was clean. The art exhibits were interesting. And walking through the house and along the paths, you can imagine... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Jardin Borda is spectacular! it is well mantained and easy to get to. The lush gardens provide peacefulness and shade. I have never attended to a concert on the lake side but I must imagine it is spectacular.

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Szeged, Hungary
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Semi-tropical garden with many fountains and a little lake. If somebody want to hide from the crazy crouded city, perfect choice o chill and hang out a little.

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Carefree, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

the Borda Gardens must have been most beautiful, even emperor Maximilian of Mexico spent many a time there. The gardens are still an oasis in the noisy city, they are still lush in a way, but they are sadly neglected. It seems gardens like this one needs a sponsor willing to keep it up no matter how much it costs.... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

we paid the fee for entering but there was nothing interesting to see or nothing impressive so if you dont want to wate time dont go

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Toronto, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

These formal gardens were established by the Emperor Maximilian and Empress Carlota next to their retreat in Cuernavaca. However, they are sadly neglected. Worth a visit because of their proximity to the Cathedral and the Zocalo.

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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Just steps from the main town square, this garden is an oasis. Not perfectly trimmed, but human scaled and lush. As it happened, I struck up a conversation with one of Cuernevaca's poets (74 years old, 12 books to his name), swapped songs and heard the history of the gardens. Be open to what and who is around you!

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