Buddhist park. Characters
Portugal. Buddhist park. Characters
When choosing tours and excursions in Portugal, you should pay attention to the Buddhist park, which was recently created. During a walk in the park, tourists have many questions that can be answered by a Russian-speaking guide. In ancient times, in the East, they attached great importance to the architectural elements of buildings, giving each detail its own meaning.
Why are some red sculptures around some of the sculptures?
Pillars of red color represent fire, which paves the way to heaven through cleansing. If the sculpture is surrounded by red pillars, then the character that it symbolizes has reached the true purity of the upper world, is close to the gods or is himself a god.
Why erected multi-tiered roofs?
The multi-tiered roofs of eastern buildings evoke the constant admiration of modern people. You can peer for a long time at the soft and at the same time strict lines that gradually divert your gaze from solid earth into the vast sky, where the divine power is concentrated. It is amazing that complex harmonious buildings at the same time give the impression of heaviness, pulling to the ground and lightness, blowing into the sky. A combination of red and white also plays a role, symbolizing heavenly fire and unearthly purity.
What legend exists about the corners of the roof raised to the sky?
There is an ancient legend about the elegantly curved corners of the roof. It is filled with some irony. It was believed that at night dragons loved to ride along the multi-tiered slopes of the roofs, but sometimes they accidentally fell to the ground. They were heavy, so they damaged the vegetation around the house. People didn’t like it. Then someone thought of bending the corners of the roofs so that the dragons, having reached the edge, simply flew up. And even if they fell, then on the neighbors’ plots. Thus, their own flower beds and flower beds were saved, and the dragons appreciated the new attractions and continued their entertainment with a vengeance. It is possible that once it was just a folk joke, however, the curious descendants did not forget this joke, so it turned into a legend.
This park was founded by the Portuguese billionaire, art collector Jose Berardo (José Manuel Rodrigues Berardo). In 2001, being shocked by the attitude of the Taliban government, which deliberately destroyed the unique monuments of cultural world heritage, two huge Buddhas (55 and 37 meters), which were part of the complex of Buddhist monasteries in the Bamyan Valley (Israel), Berardo began to realize his dream – the construction of this eastern paradise the garden. In 2008, Buddha appeared in small Portugal …
The area of this park covers 35 hectares. The production of statues took 6,000 tons of various types of stone: granite, marble and sandstone. Here you can see more than 100 images of Buddha. Walking through the Garden, you will meet the Golden Buddha, the Laughing Buddha, the Reclining Buddha, the Buddha of Meditation, the Buddha of Medicine, the Big Buddha …. Near the Buddhas you can see various animals: a dog, a dragon horse, a turtle … You will find numerous images of fish.
You will not pass by a terracotta army of 700 soldiers, among whom there is not one identical.
Do not forget, while walking through the Garden, to approach the Laughing Buddha, stroke his round belly and ask for something good – it will certainly come true (as they say).
In general, the Buddhist Park is a huge beautiful green area with a lake located in the center, the expanse of which symbolizes peace and tranquility. Visitors can walk among the statues, sit on the lake and just relax on the grass.
And those who do not like to walk can take a mini train in the park. The park is a great place for a walk with the whole family, regardless of the time of year (if there is no heavy rain).
At the exit from the park you will receive a bottle of wine from this region in exchange for your ticket. If desired, drop by the liquor store and buy a bottle of wine to your taste.