Serralves Park. 100 Years of History

Publication celebrating 100 years of Serralves Park

Serralves Park. 100 Years of History

Publication celebrating 100 years of Serralves Park


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Serralves Park. 100 Years of History tells us about the Park's centenary history, characterizing the various dimensions of its work, in terms of conservation, environmental education, and intermediation for an integrated culture in which other arts participate, especially architecture and sculpture, the plastic arts, but also cinema and the performing arts in general. The Park is an authentic bio-cultural ecosystem and a model of cultural, social and ecological commitment.

Serralves Park combines times and spaces in a unique way, preserving them, renewing them and transcending themselves in this encounter. Times, Spaces, Interconnected is how we tell the story of 100 years of Serralves Park.

The history of Serralves Park began in 1923, when Carlos Alberto Cabral, 2nd Count of Vizela, inherited Quinta do Lordelo on Rua de Serralves. The property, which preserved the original gardens inspired by the Victorian models of the late 19th century, was renovated and expanded through the purchase of adjacent land, reaching its current size of 18 hectares in the 1940s. In the 1950s, Quinta de Serralves was sold to textile industrialist Delfim Ferreira. Quinta de Serralves, or Casal de Santa Maria as it was then called, remained a private property until 1986, when it was bought by the State to house the National Museum of Modern Art. Serralves Park opened to the public in 1988.

Serralves Park is a benchmark for its centenary history, for the value and integrity of its cultural and natural heritage, in the relationship it maintains with the city and its people, asserting itself in a unique way as an urban park in harmony with the rural context in which it was originally located. It contains the essence of sustainability, well-being, ecological education and community ties. It is a timeless symbol of a city's commitment to combining urban life with nature, inspiring future generations to build more interconnected, sustainable and ecologically conscious cities.


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23 x 28 cm
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