Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation WellsCurrently Closed
- Address: Sintra 2710-567, Portugal
- Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Phone: +35121-9106656
- Ticket Price: 6 EUR
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Palace, Family And Kids, Architecture , Heritage Building
Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells - Review
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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95% of people who visit Sintra include Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
77.39% of people start their Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells
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Quinta Da Regaleira And The Inititation Wells, Sintra Reviews
Great place to visit with kids or teenagers for a couple of hours at least. So many nook and crannies to discover and explore! Easy to lose younger kids in there, so stay close to them. But older kids or teens will have a blast exploring on their own. The wells/tunnels in the upper portion are definitely the highlight, but don't miss the maze-like tunnels in the lower portion: not too long but quite impressive with a lot of branches. Just don't forget to bring a flashlight or make sure your cell phone is charged, because you will need a light source to get out of there! :) Just watch your head! Definitely recommended.
Simply and greatly fascinating. This ancient looking and actually not too old site is full of secret passages through steep stone steps and underground tunnels, connecting the actual attractions which are all absolutely worth visiting. Only downside: Tons of people, so consider coming extra early on the day.
The most beautiful garden we have been to. Large, mysterious, with hidden routes and romantic architecture. We also managed to get to the "secret" lake. I really loved it. Mansion itself is not as great, but still worth to visit.
This is probably the most interesting palace I have ever been to! So many little places to see, so much beauty! Once inside, you feel like a child in a fantasy world. I can only imagine how great it must be for children to be there. Be ready for a lot of staircases and walking. For those who have knee or general leg problems, it may hard. I injured my ankle a couple of weeks ago and I could definitely feel it while walking there, but it was well worth it. Highly recommend a visit to Quinta da Regaleira to everyone!
This is Disneyland for adults. I have been 4 times and plan to keep coming. It is truly a magical and worthwhile place to visit. I keep imagining how it must have been to have seen this for the first time 50 years ago. It would have been truly awesome. Do not hesitate to go.