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When José Berardo read about the Taliban’s destruction of Afghanistan’s enormous stone Buddhas in Bamiyan in 2001, he bought a massive range of Buddhist statues, and created the 35 ha Buddha Eden Gardens at Quinta dos Loridos near Bombarral. Quinta = winery. The Gardens also houses some ethnographic art, collected by José. Needless to say, José is a very wealthy man.


My next few posts will include some stuff I have seen in the Buddha Eden Gardens.


Except for straightening, I have made no changes in this picture.



comments (15)

this is an unusual sight to be seen, especially with one peeking over the tree, Louis.
Louis: More unusual to be seen in a non-Buddhist country. The one peeking through the tree drew my attention as well, Ayush.
a nice combination of statues...
Louis: As I walked by I noticed the opportunity that the angle offers, Larry - thanks.
What an amazing shot - and clever title! This must be a fascinating collection!
Louis: Seeing something like this, has my mind boggling. First of all it is 35 ha prime land, then he bought many Buddhas, then he had them transported to this site, then he had them installed and he is maintaining the artifacts and the huge garden. The price of anyone of these aspect I mentioned, will make me a very rich man. That boggles my mind.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Nov 2017, 04:28
You certainly found an interesting composition here, Louis.
Louis: As I walked by I noticed the opportunity that the angle offers, Ray - thanks.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 29 Nov 2017, 06:30
This is a nice gesture by the wealthy patron
Louis: Extremely so, I agree Chris.
I think the Buddha is laughing all the way to the bank?! smile
Louis: Nah, they won't open him an account, Ginnie. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Nov 2017, 06:56
Oh, he looks very happy and well fed up!
Louis: Buddhas are happy statues, by design. Some are well fed, too smile
  • Martine
  • France
  • 29 Nov 2017, 07:04
Bouddha est très souriant.
Louis: Peut-être, il y avait un gros déjeuner, Martine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 29 Nov 2017, 07:14
I like the figure watching through the tree Louis.
Louis: As I walked by I noticed the opportunity that the angle offers, gutteridge - thanks.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 29 Nov 2017, 07:29
What a grand gesture, Louis
Louis: Extremely so, I agree, Lisl.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Nov 2017, 07:52
WOW how often do we see this... I always love his smile.
Louis: I think he is smiling, because he had a big lunch, Astrid.
Great story to go with this picture Louis
Louis: Creating an Eden for Buddhas - how did he come up with the idea in the first place? What is quite remarkable is that he left school at 13, but his current knowledge of aspects; like modern art, archaeological objects, ethnic history - etc is phenomenal. And he is a successful financial speculator ... I am fascinated by Joe Berardo's life story - very special.
This is fun with the arrangement of the two statues.
Louis: Fun indeed, thanks Brian.
Very good placement of the two statues.
Louis: Added a bit fun to my walk in the Buddha Garden, thanks Mary.
Neat juxtaposition.
Louis: Thank you, Tom.

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