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The exedra

exedra The exedra

Located opposite the famous Loring Museum, this bench was designed in classical style and inspired by a similar structure created by the German architect Schinkel. Such benches were common in 19th-century landscaped gardens, which often featured references to the classical world. Over the last century and a half, numerous celebrities have sat for portraits here during their visit to La Concepcion.

The arbour

CENADOR1 Wisteria arbour

Built by the Heredia family, this is one of the most beautiful iron pergolas to be found anywhere in Spain. The plant which covers it (Wisteria sinensis), a creeper belonging to the Fabaceae family, is originally from China. The twelve roots originally planted by the Loring-Heredia family back in 1857 now climb over the surrounding ficuses and palms up to heights of almost 20 metres. Its gentle aroma and bunches of lilac flowers create a magical atmosphere, turning  this spot into a unique enclave that can be enjoyed for about a fortnight in late March and early April.

The waterfall

CASCADA1 The waterfall

At the heart of the garden is a waterfall surrounded by enormous leaves of the Monstera deliciosa plant. Built around 1878 by Jorge Loring, it divided the garden into two sections via a series of streams, water jumps, footbridges, stepping stones, ponds and other smaller cascades.

The Nymph's pond

El estanque de la ninfa Nyph's sculpture

From 1911 onwards, the estate's second owners, the Echevarria-Echevarrieta family, added a series of new landscaped areas, among them the features known as the Nymph's pond and water jump. The sculpture after which they are named was the work of Valentin Dueñas. The jump is fed by a watercourse at its centre which in turn is supplied by a grotesque-style fountain located above it.

The Oriental pavilion

Templ The Oriental pavilion

Hidden among the plants and trees, pavilions were typical decorative features in 19th-century gardens. This small iron structure was built in Oriental style.