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Another picture from the Farm of Floridos in the Bombarral Village.

From this platform in the midlle of the Central Lake we can enjoy many things in the Garden of Peace (Buddha Eden Garden)

In the background, you can see the Terracota Army in formation (Workshop)

This green space is a place of peace and tranquility where we invite you to discover its myriad of pathways or just to rest on the grassy banks by the lakeshore. The central staircase is the focal point of the gardens where our golden Buddhas welcome you with calm serenity. Our terracotta soldiers, 700 strong, buried as they were in china some 2200 years ago, are each hand painted and unique. Koi fish populate the streams and lakes whilst sculpted dragons rise up from the waters edge.

The Buddha Eden Garden was conceived by J.M.R Berardo in response to the destruction of the great Bamyan Buddhas. The Buddhas of Bamyan were two monumental statues of standing Buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, northwest of Kabul. Built during the sixth century, the statues represented the classic blended style of Indo-Greek art. They were intentionally dynamited and destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban, after the Taliban government declared that they were "idols" which are forbidden under Sharia law. So saddened and outraged was Mr Berardo of the callous and deliberate destruction of the cultural heritage of the Afghan people and of the whole of the world that he embarked on the creation of his latest garden project as homage to the Bamyan Buddhas.

The Buddha Eden Garden is set within the lush grounds of the famous Quinta dos Loridos estate in Bombarral, a few kilometers south of the popular old town of Obidos. The garden itself occupies about 35 hectares of the 100 hectare property. Over 6000 tons of marble and granite Buddhas, lanterns, terracotta soldiers and various oriental sculptures of all descriptions and sizes have been carefully placed amongst the natural vegetation.

Nikon D40X
2009/09/27 13:29:10.4
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/200 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +2.0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Direct sunlight
AF Mode: AF-S
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium high

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