Buddha Eden Garden, Portugal
An hour’s drive north of Lisbon is the Buddha Eden Garden. Covering over 35 hectares of land, it is the largest oriental garden in Europe. Created by José Berardo, a contemporary art collector, who after reading about the Taliban’s destruction of stone Buddhas in Bamiyan, purchased a huge range of Buddha statues and created the sculpture park.
Aside from the Buddhas, the park is home to seven hundred terracota soldiers, modelled on the originals from Xian in China.
The gardens are landscaped with several water features, one of which has a variety of wild animals made from metal. There is more about the park in the next post.