|Buçaco Forest Park - PORTUGAL - UNESCO TENTATIVE|
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Forest Park of Buçaco - PORTUGAL - UNESCO TENTATIVE
The Forest Park of Buçaco (or Bussaco, you can write it both ways) near Coimbra is truly a lost piece of the Garden of Eden. Created by nuns of the Order of Carmelites it's one of the most beautiful parks in Portugal and home of the most amazing hotel in the country an really deserves to be on the UNESCO list. Thank you Martinha for remembering me while you visited the park, I hope someday I'll have a UNESCO collection half as impressive as yours.
Measuring 1450m by 950m, the National Forest is surrounded by a wall with several gates scattered around the perimeter, providing access to the leafy woods which surround the church, part of a Carmelite convent, a monumental palace, and several other buildings of a religious nature. Buçaco's cultural landscape predates this, the only "wilderness” of its kind in Portugal, which was created by the Order of Discalced Carmelites between 1628 and 1630.