Portugal dos Pequenitos (translation: “Portugal of Tiny”) is a thematic park in Portugal , designed and built as a playful, educational and touristic space to show Portuguese cultural and heritage aspects. It was built in the city of Coimbra and was opened on. Since 1959, the park has been part of the Bissaya Barreto Foundation, which has been sponsoring it .
The initiative of the project goes to Dr. Bissaya Barreto in 1938. The architecture of the park is strongly inspired by the idealistic and nationalistic spirit of the Portuguese Estado Novo . The park was designed by the architect Cassiano Branco .
The park houses monuments and other elements on the architecture and history of Portugal, divided into three zones:
The first part of the construction, carried out in 1938 and 1940, is constituted by a set of Portuguese regional habitats: manors of Trás-os-Montes and Minho , typical houses of each region with its vegetable gardens, its gardens, its chapels and other architectural elements represented on a small scale. Traditional habitats from north to south of Portugal have been reproduced in the finest details. The ensemble of Coimbra is also visible with a space where are represented the most important monuments of the city.
The second part includes the monumental area, an area offering national monuments from north to south of the country. There is a copy of the window of the Convent of Christ to Tomar de Valentim de Azevedo.
The third part, completed in the late 1950s, includes the ethnographic and monumental representation of the Portuguese-speaking African countries ( Brazil , Mozambique , Macao , India and Timor ), with a presentation of the vegetation specific to these regions. This part also offers the monuments of the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores .
At the Bissaya Barreto Documentation Center there are various documents on the history of the park, such as plants, architectural drawings and postcards.
It is the theme park dedicated to children that is the most visited of Portugal . However, the number of visitors to the park has been declining since 2009. In 2014, 228,000 visitors were registered, down 19% compared to 2005, which posted 283,000 admissions. In the most recent years, 2007 was the best year with 331,000 visitors and 2012 the worst with 211,000 visitors.
This park is a living portrait of Portuguese influence and its presence on the international scene. Portugal’s Minuscule Park is still a historical and educational reference for several generations. In addition to brewing cultures and people, the park has the added value of showcasing architecture and sculptures. The size of children-sized works is for all audiences.
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- ( pt ) This article is partially or entirely from the Wikipedia article in Portuguese entitled ” Portugal dos Pequenitos ” ( see the list of authors ) .