Restoration of Cerco Garden


The design first priority was to restore the plants and to transform the garden into a public park offering active recreation to Mafra inhabitants. To that end a performing arts arena was built in line the garden’s overall character.
Cerco Garden is located about 40 km from Lisbon, providing it with major tourist potential that is further increased by the fact that it backs onto Mafra Convent which, along with Mafra Park, receives around 100.000 visitors a year.
Cerco Garden, a place that combines nature and culture, was built by Mafra’s Franciscan monks and its restoration called for a direct link to the Convent and permanent interplay with Mafra Park.
A fundamental stage of the project was the drawing up of a phased Master Restoration Plan that took into account the garden’s traditional activities (playground, picnic area, City Park). Following a survey of the flora (species list attached), fauna and the Convent’s contemporary architectural elements (games court, noria, aqueduct), two types of space were defined under a phased approach that would meet the needs of the local population and Convent visitors: the noria, garden and former monks’ vegetable garden (municipal park), and the wooded area that extends towards Mafra Park which has never successfully fulfilled its role of complementing the Palace.
Technical Sheet- Landscape Architects

Project Coordination:
Cristina Castel-Branco

Project Assistance:
Ana Luísa Soares |Teresa Chambel | Sandra Mesquita

Area: 1.3 ha

Status: Built

Câmara Municipal de Mafra

Date: 1997/2007