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Spanish army
Ministry of Defence
Spanish army

Ejército de Tierra

Buenavista Palace

The Gardens

 El valor de Alcoberro

El valor (Alcoberro work)

Vista desde la fachada

Sight from the front

Catalogued by the Community of Madrid as a historical park and garden containing a huge cultural interest, its current design is a proyect of the brigadier José María Aparici and its origins date back to the year 1870. To that same year corresponds the enclosure of the garden with a wrought-iron gate designed by the famous locksmith that worked for the Royal House, Bernardo de Asins. The principal gate to Alcala Street, well-known as "Embajadores" door it is decorated in its peak with an artistic group made of bronze, headed by the Army shield and flanked by God Mars and Goddess Minerva.

The great variety of trees that come from the five continents, being the most of them centenarian trees, make this garden an authentic botanical piece of jewellery. Walking through this garden, makes us discover species such as "El Cedro de Líbano y el del Atlas", "Tejo de Irlanda", "Secuota Californiana", "Pinsapo", "Castaño de Indias", "Árbol de Júpiter", "Pino de París", "Arce Negundo", "Camelia Cerezo", "Lilas", among other no-end varieties. It has to be highlighted the presence of a Ginkgo Biloba, being older than 145 years. An unique exemplary and probably the oldest one in the capital.

However, we cannot only find trees and vegetation in these marvellous gardens. From an artistic point of view, it must be mentioned the bronze statue "El Valor", made by Hosé Alcoberro. Going up through the staircase that addresses to the palace, at both sides of it, there are other two bronze figures: Venus and Cupid, in an sculpture made by Pietro Tenerari, and Venus in front of the mirror, made over an original sculpture by Juan Figuera Vila called "India Abrazando el Cristianismo", awarded with the medal of the 2nd class at the national exposition in 1862, and presented at the Universal Exposition in Paris five years later.