Universidade de Coimbra Alta e Sofia — Candidatura a património mundial

Universidade de Coimbra Alta e Sofia — Candidatura a património mundial

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden occupied a considerable portion of the grounds of the College of São Bento, which had been given over to the University, undergoing extensive remodelling dating from the time of the Pombaline Reforms (1774).

Art and Architecture

The Botanical Garden occupied a considerable portion of the grounds of the College of São Bento, which had been given over to the University, undergoing extensive remodelling dating from the time of the Pombaline Reforms (1774).

In 1854, the engineer Pezerat presented his project for a greenhouse (which is still in existence), marking a technological advance in the use of iron and glass in architecture in Coimbra. This building was completed in 1865.

The works, carried out between 1944 and 1949, involved the addition of a fountain in the central square, stone benches, a cold greenhouse and the renovation of the thoroughfares between the various sections of the garden and the woodland area.

The survival of some of the buildings of the former Benedictine College, such as the old chapel in the woods, endows the place with a romantic historical air.

In addition to the Botanical Garden’s various works of architecture and sculpture, there is an extensive biological heritage, involving thousands of ancient plant species.

Proposed Intervention

Parts of the built heritage in the area of the Formal Garden require intervention to halt their deterioration. For example, the sculptured parts of the walls, statues and gates need careful restoration. Some of these elements are currently being restored. The buildings, such as the greenhouses, plant frames and other support structures, also require general conservation and restoration. It is now in progress the rehabilitation project for the Large Greenhouse.

In the area of woodland, the condition of the built heritage is even more serious and the paths through the garden also require maintenance.

This proposal seeks to make use of the existing buildings, recovering their original functions as much as possible or adapting them to new needs.

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