Exploring the amazing Jardins da Gulbenkian
On the last February 11th, our Portuguese language school organized a walking tour inside Jardins da Gulbenkian.
Our history teacher, Indira Leão, accompanied our students. Jardins da Gulbenkian are located in Avenida de Berna, next to Praça de Espanha. The gardens belong to the headquarters of Caloust Gulbenkian Fundation. The founder, Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (1869-1955) was an art collector and philanthropist of Armenian origin, born in the Ottoman Empire. He was one of the richest men on the world, owning 5% of the all oil in the world.
Built in the 1960s, according to a project by landscape architects António Viana Barreto and Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Garden is one of the most emblematic gardens of the modern movement in Portugal.
Between 2002 and 2012, Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles carried out a new rehabilitation project for the Garden. A major cleaning and thinning operation of the vegetation was carried out, opening new paths and areas of enjoyment in areas previously inaccessible.
We walked through the garden, watched the ducks and stayed there for a while to sunbathe. Then, we went to a nice esplanade with a fountain settled in Jardim Amália, next to Parque Eduardo VII. There, we had time to talk with each other and snack.
We spent a pleasant evening surrounding by good company and connected to nature.
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Let’s enjoy the wonderful Jardins da Gulbenkian
Although Lisbon is an urban city, there are still places where we can feel relaxed, and we cannot even hear traffic. We are referring to the green areas, gardens, parks and forests. In our next school event, we’ll take you to a peaceful place, where we can connect ourselves to nature, inside Lisbon. On February 11th, Indira Leão, our history teacher, will guide you to Jardins da Gulbenkian!
Jardins da Gulbenkian are located in the headquarters of Caloust Gulbenkian Fundation in Avenida de Berna. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a Portuguese institution of private law and general public utility. Its purposes are Art, Charity, Science and Education. The Foundation also has the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Founder’s Collection. It includes works from various periods and areas acquired by the founder Calouste Gulbenkian, from Egyptian and Greco-Roman Art to Islamic. In 1983, the José de Azeredo Perdigão Modern Art Center inaugurated to house the collection of modern and contemporary Portuguese art.
The founder, Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (1869-1955) was a businessman, art collector and philanthropist of Armenian origin. Throughout his life, he gathered a collection of very eclectic art, unique in the world. Gulbenkian acquired British nationality in 1902 and died in 1955, in Lisbon. He established in his will that the headquarters of an international foundation with his name would be built in Lisbon. After Gulbenkian’s death in 1956, the Foundation was created.
In Jardins da Gulbenkian, we’ll be able to contemplate the lake, the cute ducks and other birds.
We invite you to make part of this relaxing experience! It’s not mandatory, but if you want, you can bring some food or drinks to share with the other students.