Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra

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    A Folly on a Grand Scale

    by calcaf38 Written Feb 27, 2006

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    This is what is known as a Folly: an architectural and botanical pastiche. The Quinta is a somewhat gloomy estate sprinkled with chapels, caves, wells, and statues, all on a steep hill. It is very Victorian, and a bit pointless: although it was built with care and resources, it still belong to the "Lawn Ornament" wing of art and architecture. The inside of the mansion can be skipped.

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    Quinta da Regaleira

    by Russell26 Updated Mar 31, 2005

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    The Regaleira Palace

    A palace, chapels and spectacular gothic styled gardens with towers and undulating paths not to mention a monumental initiation well leading to winding labyrinths which exit at various parts of the gardens.

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    Quinta da Regaleira

    by Sambawalk Updated Feb 13, 2005

    This fairy-tale villa is a collection of pseudo-Manueline buildings created in the early 20th Century. The pic is Palacio dos Milhoes. It has a small chapel and spiral stiarway to go down to a well which connects to another tunnel to other part of the garden.

    This is about 1km walk from Palacio Nacional de Sintra. Admission EUR7.

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    Quinta da Regaleira - The Palace

    by bambino36 Updated Dec 7, 2004

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    Palace of Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra

    This gothic and neo-manuelin style Palace is really a treasure. The gothic design forces us to look above in direction to the sky.
    It is said that inside this Palace was practiced the cult of the Holy Graal. The knights promised to keep the secret of the Holy Graal.

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    Quinta da Regaleira - Patamar dos Deuses

    by bambino36 Updated Dec 7, 2004

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    Patamar dos Deuses, Sintra

    The visit to this universe starts at Patamar dos Deuses, a place where twelve statues (gods of the greek-roman mythology) are lined up along one side and must be understood as the Zodiac.
    From here starts a visit to the gardens, where we can be surprised by symbolic lakes, fountains, towers, terraces, grottos and many elements.

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    Quinta da Regaleira

    by bambino36 Updated Sep 18, 2004

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    Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra

    Classified as world heritage by UNESCO, the Quinta da Regaleira is a very special place.
    This magnificent mixing of constructions built in the middle of the forest, in the beginning of the 20th century, is the result of of the magical dreams of Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro, it's owner.
    The gardens and constructions celebrate the glorification of everything wich is sacred by humankind and reflected on portuguese mythological and esoteric traditions.
    This is a place to be felt and not to be seen.

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    Quinta da Regaleira

    by Branco Updated Jul 25, 2004

    Regaleira (in Sintra) Sintra... Sintra has been known since as far back as the days of Classical Antiquity as the Promontory of the Moon. Some factors for the establishment of settlements in these zones by travellers: its mild climate, the abundance of running water and springs; the fertile soil and its strange emanation; its winding contours endowed by Nature, the sea, its proximity to the stars owing to the fact that its mountain range rises abruptly from the plain, its thousand year old trees so respected by druid civilisations.

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    Park of the Quinta da Regaleira

    by ptitetoile Written Jul 6, 2004

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    The park is wonderful!!!! Exotic with its numerous plants and flowers but also full of myteries that need to be discovered along the various paths.
    There is a vast ensemble of turrets providing us with breathtaking views. There are fountains, smal water places and a lot of grottos... At some places, it is possible to descend in the heart of the earth by an immense spiral shaped staircase that looks like an inverted tower. And down below, there is a network of labyrinth grottos that we have to cross in the darkness until we reach the light, reflected in the water of lakes of surprising beauty....

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    Quinta da Regaleira

    by ptitetoile Written Jul 6, 2004

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    Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, the Quinta da Regaleira is one of these special places. Built at the turn of the 20th century in the romantic ideal, this fascinating ensemble of constructions which have been built in the middle of the dense forest is the result of the achieving of the mythical magical dreams of its owner, Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteira (1848-1920) in conjunction with the talent of the scenographer-architect Luigi Manini (1848-1936).

    The imagination of these two figures succeeded in achieving the revivalist sum of the most varied artistic trends - with particular reference to the Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance and the glorification of all things held sacred by humankind and particularly reflecting on Portuguese mythological and esoteric traditions.

    The visit of the house will take you few time but it is OK because the nicest part to visit is the parc...full of mysteries...

    Open: Jan/Nov/Dec 10.00-17.30. Feb-May/Oct 10.00-18.30. Jun-Sep 10.00-20.00

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    by cucaracha Updated Apr 16, 2004
    Quinta da Regaleira

    You can spend hours wondering around the Quinta da Regaleira. Wonder inside the dark caves that connect one part of the garden with another, it is fun and also unique.

    The entrance fee is 5 Euros so allow yourself enough time to make the visit worth the money.

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    Quinta da Regaleira

    by johnsakura Written Jan 30, 2004
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    Built at the turn of the 20th century in the romantic ideal, this fascinating ensemble of constructions which have been built in the middle of the dense forest is the result of the achieving of the mythical magical dreams of its owner, Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteira (1848-1920) in conjunction with the talent of the scenographer-architect Luigi Manini (1848-1936).

    The imagination of these two figures succeeded in achieving the revivalist sum of the most varied artistic trends - with particular reference to the Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance and the glorification of all things held sacred by humankind and particularly reflecting on Portuguese mythological and esoteric traditions.

    The Quinta da Regaleira is a place to be felt. It is not sufficient to tell its story, of its countryside setting, its mysteries.

    It must be experienced firsthand, the scenography of its gardens and buildings must be seen and admired as should the Palácio dos Milhões, a true mansion of philosophy inspired by alchemy. Visitors should stroll through the exotic, fabulous park, feel the spirituality of the first Christians in the Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity, which allows us to descend into the crypt which reminds us of the symbolism of the sacred place and the world beyond. There is also a vast ensemble of turrets providing us with breathtaking views, strange recesses - half myth half saudade (missing), palace type residences of superb taste.

    Reference must be made to the adventures of the Knights of the Temple or the ideals of the master Masons, to descend into the initiation well via an immense spiral shaped staircase. And down below, standing on a light pointed star it is as if we were immersed in the womb of Mother Earth. All we must do is traverse the darkness of the labyrinth grottos until we reach the light, reflected in the water of lakes of surprising beauty.

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    Quinta da Regaleira

    by rp6686 Updated Oct 20, 2003

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    Quinta da Regaleira

    Quinta da Regaleira origins date back to 1697 when José Leite purchased a huge tract of land at one end of the Old Quarter of Sintra.
    The property was bought at a public auction in 1715 by Francisco Alberto Guimarães de Castro who diverted water from the mountain to supply a fountain on the property. In the possession of João António Lopes Fernandes in 1800 it appears some thirty years later in the possession of Manuel Bernardo from whence it derived its current name, having formerly been known as the Quinta da Torre or the Quinta do Castro. It was then purchased by the daughter of Allen in 1840 (a wealthy trader from Porto) who was later given the title of the Baroness of Regaleira.
    At the beginning of this century, however, Quinta da Regaleira was purchased by the capitalist António Augusto de Carvalho Monteiro, a man of enormous culture with a degree in Law from the University of Coimbra who had amassed a fortune in Brazil. Carvalho Monteiro, who was profoundly inspired by the glorious national epic poem, whose expression at the time was found in the "revivalist" taste of neo manueline architecture, took inspiration for the construction of the manor house and its respective chapel both from the structural and decorative eclecticism of the Pena Palace and the neo manueline style of the Hotel Palácio do Buçaco, designed by Luigi Manini. It was Carvalho Monteiro who invited Manini to design and build the house at Regaleira. The project was completed in 1910.
    This is a assemblage of styles and constructions (gardens, wells, towers, statues, mysterious grottoes, etc.), which Manini succeeded in imbuing with exceptional characteristics. Albeit having a semblance of a scene from opera, Quinta da Regaleira has alchemical and sacred connotations.
    Quinta da Regaleira, which was purchased in March 1997 by the Sintra Town Council, is currently used as the head office of the CulturSintra Foundation.

    Price: 10 Euros (under 26 and older 65: 5 Euros)

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    Quinta da Regaleira

    by salinhopt Written Sep 8, 2003

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    Sintra - Quinta da Regaleira

    This is a fabulous assemblage of styles and constructions ( gardens, wells, towers, statues, mysterious grottoes, etc.), which Manini succeeded in imbuing with exceptional characteristics. Albeit having a semblance of a scene from opera, the Quinta da Regaleira has alchemical and sacred connotations.

    The origins of this Quinta (palace and estate) which is currently known as the Quinta da Regaleira date back to 1697 when José Leite purchased a huge tract of land at one end of the Old Quarter of Sintra.

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    Regaleira

    by veigapaula Written Oct 2, 2010

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    A mythical place, exquisite gardens and plant species, lovely architecture and statuary, many connect this place to the rites of initiation done by Masonry, it is thought that they use this space.

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    Poco Iniciato - Well

    by Sambawalk Updated Feb 13, 2005

    The well has a spiral stairway to go down to a well 30m which connects to another tunnel to other part of the garden. It is an exciting walk!

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