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JARDIM BOTÂNICO DE LISBOA

JARDIM BOTÂNICO DE LISBOA
Lisbon, Portugal
INFORMATION

The botanical garden of Lisbon was established by the former Escola Politécnica de Lisboa to complement teaching and research at the school, and was laid out between 1873 and 78. The garden contained plants collected from every part of the world to which the Portuguese had extended their influence, and it was held up as an important model for other botanical gardens around the world. In addition to significant collections of preserved specimens and seeds, the garden houses an observatory and the earliest meteorological station in Portugal, with continuous records going back to the nineteenth century. This enchanting enclave of exotic plants has long been open to the public, but it is frequently overlooked.

The botanical garden is both a vital urban open space and a significant cultural landscape; in 2010, it was designated a national monument. A new real estate development has been planned near the garden, and concerns have been raised regarding its potential impact on this historic resource. An important opportunity to concentrate renewed attention on the condition of the garden and on its long-term stewardship is now at hand. A number of civic groups, professional associations, and heritage and nature conservation organizations have mobilized to support this cause.

Download a 2012 Watch poster of this site (see download instructions).

IN WMF JOURNAL

IN THE MEDIA

World Monuments Fund

SPOTLIGHT

WORLD MONUMENTS WATCH DAY

For Watch Day, the group Friends of the Botanic Gardens organized an exhibition about the 2012 World Monuments Watch. Visitors participated in guided tours of the garden, learning about different Watch sites and the plant species surrounding each panel of the exhibition.

In Dig Deeper: Watch Day Video
In the Blogosphere: Festa do WATCH DAY no Jardim Botânico I

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Redevelopment on Rua do Salitre adjacent to the botanical garden, 2009
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Many historic buildings in the botanical garden suffer from disrepair, 2011
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Collection of ficus trees along the rear façade of the National Museum of Natural History, 2010
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Watch Day at the Botanic Gardens included a guided tour of an exhibit of 2012 Watch Sites, 2012