Quinta Real de Caxias
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The Cascade Garden at the former palace of the Caxias royal estate today serves as one of the most delightful and tranquil recreational green spaces in Lisbon. Located at Caxias, about a 15-minute... Read More
The Cascade Garden at the former palace of the Caxias royal estate today serves as one of the most delightful and tranquil recreational green spaces in Lisbon. Located at Caxias, about a 15-minute train journey west of the city centre, the garden was originally laid out in the 18th century to complement the royal palace, a summertime residence of King Pedro III. Influenced by the French Baroque gardens of Versailles though presented on a far smaller scale, the well-maintained grounds at Caxias are woven with boxwood, an ever-green shrub native to southern Portugal, and shaded by plane trees and lofty palms. Several water features including a fountain dedicated to the goddess Diana embellish the estate, the central feature being a dazzling monumental waterfall. An original set of terracotta sculptures by Machado de Castro (1731- 1822), one of Portugal's foremost sculptors, further lend the place character. Numerous footpaths crisscross the Cascade Garden. Set at various "biospots" are illustrated information panels in English and Portuguese that highlight the flora and fauna the visitor can expect to come across during a walk.
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