Fodor's Expert Review Jardim do Paço Episcopal

Castelo Branco Garden Fodor's Choice

These 18th-century gardens are planted with rows of hedges cut in all sorts of bizarre shapes and contain an unusual assemblage of sculpture. Bordering one of the park's five small lakes are a path and stairway lined on both sides with granite statues of the apostles, the evangelists, and the kings of Portugal. The long-standing Portuguese disdain for the Spanish is graphically demonstrated here; the kings who ruled when Portugal was under Spanish domination are carved to a noticeably smaller scale than the "true" Portuguese rulers. Unfortunately, many statues were damaged by Napoléon's troops when the city was ransacked in 1807.

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Rua Bartolomeu da Costa 5
Castelo Branco, Castelo Branco  6000-773, Portugal

-272 348 320

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