Jardins da Quinta das Lágrimas
Historic Site and Park in Coimbra
Jardins da Quinta das Lágrimas or the Gardens of the Palace of Tears is a historic garden located in Coimbra, Portugal. It is situated on the grounds of the Quinta das Lágrimas Palace, which was once home to Inês de Castro, the subject of a tragic love story and one of Portugal’s most famous heroines.
The gardens are designed in a romantic style, with winding paths, fountains, and ponds. It is said that Inês and Pedro used to meet in these gardens during their clandestine love affair. The most famous feature of the garden is the Fountain of Tears, which marks the spot where Inês was killed by order of King Afonso IV.
In addition to its historical significance, the Jardins da Quinta das Lágrimas is also known for its natural beauty, with a variety of trees, flowers, and wildlife. It is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, offering a serene escape from the bustling city of Coimbra. The garden is open to visitors throughout the year, and guided tours are available for those who want to learn more about its rich history and significance.
Fonte dos Amores at Jardins da Quinta das Lágrimas
The Fonte dos Amores or Fountain of Loves is located in the park. Legend has it that Inês de Castro and Pedro, her lover, used to meet near this fountain during their secret meetings in the garden. She was murdered by order of King Afonso IV. The fountain marks the spot where Inês de Castro fell. The Fonte dos Amores is a small, decorative fountain that features a sculpture of two lovers embracing, surrounded by lush vegetation and beautiful flowers.