The Andalusian garden

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The Andalusian garden

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Fountain sing as water, the eternal symbol of life, splashes down cascading ponds, surrounded by earthen pots, as the summer is celebrated with music and dew. The deep blue rains along the bleached climbers, the subtle fragrance and colour blend of fig, lemon and olive trees with numerous Mediterranean perfumes make the southern summer almost tangible. A huge earthen jar tests the experimental echo abilities of small and large.

Oil container in a previous life, it is now the proud forerunner of the current inglorious oil barrels. This jewel of the Andalusian civilisation dates back to the year 711 AD, during the time when the Arab Moors or Saracens laid the foundations for a thriving and sophisticated civilisation, at a time when they were very tolerant and welcoming to other populations (the Caliphate of Cordoba was surrounded by Muslims, Jews and Christians from 929 to 1031). The final demise in 1492 revealed many cultural elements, which can still be found today in all facets of Western civilisation.

Cultivation of rare plants, unique in their application, delicate and fragrant, colour selection and scents in agreement with the four elements, air, water, fire and earth, became the symbol of this civilisation. Unknown plants, including pomegranate trees, pumpkins, melons, eggplants, melons, artichokes, lettuce, parsley, cauliflower... they were all introduced to the European continent. Some irrigation systems and terrace buildings also have their origins in the Moorish culture. The great attraction of this garden culture lies in the obvious attempt to reach Paradise (the geometry, the symmetry of the square, reversible equivalent), ideal beauty, a tribute to the heavenly perfection of nature.

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Raptor exhibition

Raptor exhibition

A raptor exhibition is the perfect illustration of all that man ever admired as these birds rise above all others, with their majestic, worthy appearance. More info

Monks Graveyard

Monks Graveyard

The monks' cemetery is centrally located between the abbey tower and St Bernard Tower, the last resting place for at least 700 monks. More info

Ranch

Ranch

The smallest ones will be the biggest More info

Karibuni restaurant

Karibuni restaurant

The Oasis, at the table with the animals of the jungle More info

Oasis and its animals

Oasis and its animals

The Oasis is a huge conservatory (7,000 m2) where the roof can be opened during spells of nice weather and closed when the weather is cold and rainy, while still allowing daylight to enter. More info

Cathedral aviary

Cathedral aviary

This is the largest aviary of its kind in Europe. More info

Tropicalia

Tropicalia

Here, more than elsewhere, it is worthwhile to take your time and slow down. This is a piece of paradise on earth, with a fragile and delicate balance, a sanctuary of beautiful birds and with a wealth of colour as if you are in a dream. More info

The Crypt

The Crypt

The Crypt, the foundation of the abbey tower is the realm of bats More info

The parrots

The parrots

Colorful flights More info

The rose garden

The rose garden

Thousands of species of roses. More info

The abbey tower

The abbey tower

With its 54 m height it oversees the near and distant surroundings More info

The Andalusian garden

The Andalusian garden

The entrance to the Andalusian garden is unmistakable, a grandiose palm traded its sunny spot on the Canary islands for a place in the country of Cambron. More info

The treasure chamber

The treasure chamber

In the crypte of the bats, you can now discover a unique collection of objects from all over the world. More info

The dromedary

The dromedary

The dromedary, also called "one-humped-camel". More info

The Peafowl

The Peafowl

The Blue Peafowl, originating from the Indian sub-continent, has become a domestic bird throughout the world because of the magnificence of its plumage. More info