Escape from the City: Jardim Botânico Tropical in Belém

During a short break in Lisbon, we also visited the Jardim Botânio Tropical in the suburb of Belém. An almost deserted and a little outdated garden, it is a nice change to the buzz of downtown Lisbon.

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First, we walked around a bit in the garden, and we looked at the trees and plants and the lake. Some parts were closed for maintenance, although we saw no one working there. There was also an oriental garden, behind a Chinese portal. This garden was donated by Macau, the former Portuguese crown colony.

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A little further on was a large greenhouse, but this was no longer open to the public, due to the poor condition and broken windows. Nevertheless, a nice photo object for shooting some Lomographic pictures. And the peacocks who roamed around looked a little run out also!

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At the end of the garden is the Palácio dos Condes da Calheta, with a nice buxus garden in the front. Inside the building, there was at that time a photo exhibition by José Paula, with photos that this biologist had made ​​during his research along the shores of the Indian ocean. Beautiful black and white photographs of the people who work hard for their living, shot closely with a wide angle lens, and beautifully lit. Completely analogue!

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Then it was time to look around at the more famous sights of Belem, such as the Monastery of Jerónimos, a UNESCO World Heritage site. And we could also still visit the Torre de Belém in the nice afternoon sun. Due to the surprises in the tropical garden it had become a varying day!

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written by wesco on 2013-05-07 in #world #locations

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