Jardim Botânico Tropical
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TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN (Jardim Botânico Tropical)

Tropical Botanical Garden is located in Belém by the Jerónimos Monastery. When it was first created in 1906 under the name "The Colonial Garden". It was designed by Henry Navel, a famous French landscape gardener and was officially opened by King Charles I The botanical gardens are laid-out over five hectares (12 acres), with flora from different lands found within the former Portuguese colonies. It was conceived as a centre of learning and was considered an indispensable teaching guide. The plant collection in the garden consists of species mainly from tropical and subtropical regions of the globe. Many plants were transported from their indigenous land and cultivated for their economic value such as spices, medicinal use, fruit and fibres. For the modern visitor, the gardens offer a respite from the city and a pleasantly cool environment to spend an hour or two gently strolling through some beautiful natural wonders.


Palm lined avenue – Tropical Botaniccal Gardens

Palm lined avenue – Tropical Botaniccal Gardens

Asia and South America. Some of the species found in the gardens no longer grow in their natural habitat such as Ginkgo Biloba.

A highlight of the gardens is the dedicated oriental area which is accessed through a red pagoda representing Macau. The gardens are also home to a wide range of animals such as Red-eared slider turtles, herons, peacocks and several species of waterfowl who like nothing more than to waddle past you on the path ahead. There are several pieces of urban art of display in the garden some of them, from Italian artists such as Giuseppe Mazzuoli and Bernardino Ludovici and dating from the 18th century. Other artworks date from the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940 including tile panels with colonial themes, marble sculptures and busts of Africans and Asians.

There's also a palace that dates from the 1600s which was once the residence of the Counts of Calheta. Palácio dos Condes da Calheta was acquired by King João V in 1726. This beautiful baroque palace currently houses an exhibition space and a library. Other buildings in the gardens are various hothouse, the most curious being the coffee greenhouse.

Daily: 10h00 – 17h00
Adult: €4.00, Concessionary: €2.00

Getting to the Tropical Botanical Gardens

79B, 201, 714, 727, 728, 751
Linha Cascais trains stop at the Belém Train Station Timetable

Trains of Portugal Website
Belem River Station: Hop On, Hop Off Boat
Contact Details
Jardim Botânico Tropical, Largo de Belém, 1400-209, Lisbon Portugal.
38° 41' 56.1"N | 09° 12' 09.8"W | +351 213 921 808
geral@museus.ulisboa.pt |  Website