La Porte du Ciel
The Andalusian garden
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.
The Andalusian garden in image
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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
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
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 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 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