Pedro and Inês Garden

Quinta das Lágrimas, Coimbra

Quinta das Lágrimas gardens are of enormous historic worth, not only because of the number of events that have taken place there and which have left an indelible mark on Portuguese history, but also because of the structures that have been built there over the centuries and which today give this place a rare authenticity.

The project covered five units, involved restoration, reconstruction, preservation and refurbishment work, and set out to:

Create a place of refuge with a Middle Age Garden theme, free of harmful visual impacts, that called for thick curtains of vegetation along the borders.

Highlight the works ordered by the Queen, Saint Isabel, in 1326 (the Cano dos Amores or Love Channel) and the link from Quinta das Lágrimas to Santa Clara-a-Velha Convent.

Underline the mediaeval character of the Lágrimas fountain and the woodland, by exposing stone walls, the stairs, the arch and the fountain.

Open clearings in the woods and in the romantic garden to improve their lighting.

Distinguish clearly between public and private paths and areas.

Create a grassed amphitheatre for outdoor events with a capacity of around 600 – the only contemporary feature.

The area currently occupied by the tent and which ends in a thick boxwood hedge provides a setting that uses mediaeval garden elements in its composition and vocabulary.

Taking as a backdrop a structure that is definitely mediaeval - the Cano dos Amores - this area is walled on all sides, is irregular in shape, and will have a fountain with an octagonal base on a wide lawn, trimmed with small borders of aromatic and medicinal plants.

The tent shall be surrounded by rose trellises and shall be reached by pergolas covered by climbing plants. The ends of the garden shall be set off by grass benches with rose trellis backs.
Technical Sheet- Landscape Architects

Project Coordination:
Cristina Castel-Branco

Project Assistance:
Miguel Coelho de Sousa

Area: 3 ha

Status: Built

Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas

Date: 2005/2006

Observations: This project received an honorary mention in the Private Gardens category of the National Landscape Architecture Prize 2007.