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Abandoned and ghostly, the little pavilions in the Necessidades are charming and Romantic as charred ruins. They must have been charming and romantic when first built, as a small zoo (!) for exotic animals. As the maligned stalls of the Bolhão, they are designed based on vernacular Architecture, but in a Classical manner – thought-out and detailed, placed symmetrically to each other and with similar proportions and elements. Note the mini thermal windows above the regular casements. Our favorite!

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REFLECTING BASIN

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Lisboa Tapada Necessidades

Lisboa Tapada Necessidades

Lisboa Tapada Necessidades

One of the more interesting features in the tapada is this basin atop a one storied pavilion. Now sadly emptied (the whole park seems kept in minimal maintenance mode) it is nonetheless intriguing in its configuration. You enter through the upper terrace, and a double gate allows you to climb a few steps and walk, with no fence or rail, around the water or simply circle around the perimeter. The terracotta balustrade returns at this lower level as an echo of the glass rotunda across the lawn.

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REFLECTING FOUNTAIN

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Lisboa Tapada das Necessidades

Lisboa Tapada das Necessidades

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Another reflecting pool, this time with a small fountain in the middle. In reality the whole thing is a quivering, undulating screen which terminates a cascade coming above from the Casa do Regalo, the queen’s pavilion now inhabited by a former President of the Republic (just visible in the first photo).

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PINK CHIMNEY

A view to the formal garden of the Palácio das Necessidades, with its imposing chimney in the background.

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HOT HOUSE

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The circular hot-house was added to the tapada (closed, or walled grounds) in 1855-61, and it must have looked then as the latest craze – after all, the Crystal Palace in London had been built only a few years before. A rich and exotic glass dome, it is capped by a vaguely oriental lantern and placed at an angle to the adjoining retaining wall – this only enhances the overall picturesqueness of the ensemble. It is accessed by a classical portico, which instead of balusters has staggered terracotta half-moon tiles, a beautiful device which both lightens it and ties it to the garden context.

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CORNUCOPIA VOLUTE

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The Park of the Necessidades is a completely different affair. Full of wild and wonderful follies and features, the first one up is the side gate to the formal garden of the Palace. A French wrought iron rail swirls up the stair where massive stone piers stand guard, decorated with volutes rendered as cornucopias: trumpets from where all good things emanate in endless supply.

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