The Jardim da Estrela, was built in the mid- nineteenth century, in front of the Basilica da Estrela in Lisbon, with the donations of a Portuguese from Brazil, Manuel Joaquim Monteiro.
Anyone seeking green respite should head for Jardim da Estrela. This garden is perfect for a stroll, with paths weaving past pine, monkey puzzle and palm trees, rose and cacti beds and the centerpiece – a giant banyan tree. Kids love the duck ponds and animal-themed playground.
The garden was built in the style of English gardens, romantic inspiration. It has 4.6 acres.
The garden has several elements of statuary:
- Source of Life
- Bust of Antero de Quental from 1946-1951 authored by Salvador Barata Feyo (1948)
- Bust of Actor Taborda , made in bronze by Costa Motta (nephew) (1914)
- The King's Daughter Keeping Ducks or keeper of ducks , authored by Costa Motta (nephew) and Francisco Santos (1914), located in the middle of one of the lakes in the garden.
- The Digger, 1913 and authored by Costa Motta (uncle)
- Awakening of 1911-1921 authored by José Simões de Almeida (nephew)
Near one of the entrances leading to the Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral, there is a sculptural element in wood, called Trunk Carved , made precisely to the bottom of a tree trunk.
The garden is open to the public every day from seven in the morning until midnight.
Check their website @ http://www.jardimestrela.com/