Bombarral Buddha Eden is the largest oriental garden in Europe.
The oriental garden with around 35 hectares of land was created as a reaction 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 throughout the gardens, it is estimated that some six thousand tons of marble and granite were used to create this monumental work of art.
The central staircase is the focal point of the garden, where the golden Buddhas offer you a calm welcome.
At the central lake, KOI (Japanese carp) fish can be seen, and sculpted dragons rise out of the water. There is also the opportunity to see the six hundred hand-painted terracotta soldiers, each of them unique copies of those which were buried some 2,200 years ago.
We are going to visit this beautiful place in the last weekend of March.
Bombarral is located about 80 km north of Lisbon. We are goingg there by bus. A fast ride that will takes only 45 minutes. Once in Bombarral, we walk about 40 minutes to get the to garden (it can be also possible to take a taxi, but I prefer to don’t rely on it).
The ticket to visit this place cost 5 euros and the bus to Bombarral about 12 (return).
Bring food. We will be plenty of time and space to have a picnic there.
Then, in the eventing we will come back to Lisbon in the same way. We will be back in Lisbon at 7:15 pm.
Join us in this trip to Bombarral.