Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells, Sintra
About Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells, Sintra
Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells, Sintra - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Sintra 2710-567, Portugal
Ticket Price: 6 EUR
Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
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The Regaleira Palace is a huge, highly ornate structure and one that would put Downton Abbey to shame.
Built in the early 20th century, Quinta Da Regaleira is the result and manifestation of its owner’s wild imagination and the handiwork of a gifted Italian architect. Carvalho Monteiro wanted to use the 10 acres of land to create a place that resonated his deep interest in alchemy, the Free Masonry, Rosicrucians and Knights Templars. The millionaire and his architect sought inspirations from different time periods from Romans to the Renaissances to design the Regaleira Palace and surrounding dense forest.
The Palace has a rather otherworldly quality to it. The 5 different floors of the building were systematically allocated to servant’s rooms, kitchen, dining hall, gent’s rooms and ladies rooms. The magnificence of the structure has not yet faded away.
The Regaleira Chapel is a lavishly decorated structure, and one that needs to be admired first hand. The walls, stained glass windows, and ceiling depict beautiful, religious motifs. Look out for beautifully painted floors of the Chapel.
A considerable number of tunnels, grottoes and wells form a prominent feature of the Park landscape. These include Leda’s Cave, Labyrinthic Grotto.
A tourist magnet and a point of fascination for thousands of visitors, the Initiation Wells of Quinta Da Regaliera are an underground miracle! These are a pair of wells that go well below the ground level and were actually used for secretive initiation riotes. Also known as Inverted Towers, these stairs are built on the 'Winding Stair' architecture which imply to the death/rebirth allegory common to hermetic traditions.The tunnels serve as a link between the ceremonial wells that have been designed in the Tarot mysticism tradition. The beauty of these wells is just as magical as the powers associated with them.
Children will especially enjoy the bewildering design of the grottos and turrets. The air of sorcery at the Quinta da Regaleira is quite evident.
Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells Information
- Visitors under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
- The Palace and Park areas are not suitable for use of wheelchairs or pushchairs.
- If you are interested to explore the tunnels and caves at this attraction, it is advisable to carry along a flashlight.
- To get to Quinta da Regaleira, first take bus 434 and get down at ‘Sintra Turismo’. From here take the Villaexpress 435. It is also possible to walk to the Regaleira from Sintra Turismo.
Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells Ticket Prices
- Guided tours and other activities at Quinta da Regaleira are not included in the ticket price.
- Children under 8 are permitted free entry.
- Discounts are available for children (9-14), students, senior citizens and family groups.
How To reach Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells by Public Transport
- By Bus: Take bus 434 and Villaexpress 435.
Restaurants Near Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells
- Restaurante Seteais
- Village Cafe
- Restaurante Tulhas
- Restaurante Alcobaca
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Loved the place! This was my third visit and every time I discover more hidden places! I recommend to pay for the guided tour! Very very interesting! And the gardens are so pretty and wild.. I really recommend to visit this place that is pretty reachable even if you don't have a car and don't want to pay for the bus! Is 30 minutes of relaxed walk from the train station (direct trains from Lisbon!)
The only thing I can say is WOW! It is a very impressive castle and by itself is wonderful. The gardens and all the caves you can walk and explore, you feel like in a movie, when you start going down and into secret passages. Do go with time, since you can be there walking on the gardens for 3 hours and after you can see the main house that is also very nice and well kept.
The wonders built here could be imaginations out of fairy tails. Here you can find a wide variety of attractions from eye catching stone towers to an underground network of tunnels. There only downside I could find what the number of people everywhere. Quinta da Regaleira has most definitely earned it's place as a top attraction for the region.
This was a great little find for us. We enjoyed walking around the grounds and checking out the property. It's definitely worth a visit. We also had lunch at the cafe on site and it was really reasonable and tasty.
It is a old house with a chapel and a big garden. I spent 2 hours for my visit, but basically you can take more. The garden is the best part, Towers where to go to the top, underground tunnels to pass from a place to another and the initiation well. A must to see. It is close to the city centre and the train station, 10 minutes walk.
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