The Garden Landscape Guide

Palacio de Marques de Pombal

Had the Baroque continued to evolve as a style of garden layout, instead of being supplanted by the landscape park, a plentiful crop of Rococco gardens would have been made. Pombal Palace gardens show what might have happened elsewere. The gardens are richly decorated with rustic columns and pebble paving. There is also a cascade, a grotto, a pillar, a waterfall with semi-circular basins. It belongs to the Gulbenkian Foundation and is not as well cared-for as it deserves.

Palácio de Marquês de Pombal, Oeiras, Lisbon, Portugal

Open by appointment

Entrance free

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  • almost 8 years by chiffchaff 1 / 5

    Very very poor value, grossly over rated..
    Couldn't believe being asked for paltry 30p for a scruffy single photocopied sheet showing garden plan.
    Toilet facilities digusting: stank and had a single damp roller towel.
    'Orangery' is just a glorified glass house.
    Only decent garden, adjacent to the house, is not accessible to public. Other areas are largely weed infested, poorly signposted and just plain uninteresting. Plants for sale are complete waste of time, prices are a joke. 'Restuarant'offers worse decor and 'menu' then any average transport cafe.
    Only a handful of visitors on a July Sunday, who looked very happy, only because they were rapidly leaving.

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