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quinta da regaleira @ portugal

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. 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 Oporto) who was later given the title of the Baroness of Regaleira. At the beginning of this century, however, the 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 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 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 which is undertaking a vast conservation and rehabilitation programme for promoting the palace in tourist terms. It is also organising a series of cultural events. (in Câmara Municipal de Sintra)

Quinta Regaleira - Sintra

the initiative well
the initiative well
grotto of the labyrinth
grotto of the labyrinth
greenhouse window
greenhouse window
grotto of the labyrinth
grotto of the labyrinth
palace
palace
cave
cave
the initiative well
the initiative well
palace hall
palace hall
symbology
symbology
hunting room
hunting room
chapel glass window
chapel glass window
cave entrance
cave entrance
the cascade lake view from cave
the cascade lake view from cave
palace detail
palace detail
grotto entrance
grotto entrance
palace
palace
reflection on cascade lake
reflection on cascade lake
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the initiative well
the hunting room
the hunting room
greenhouse entrance
greenhouse entrance
the regaleira tower
the regaleira tower
palace balcony
palace balcony
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the guardians portal
the guardians portal
the hunting room door
the hunting room door
chapel tower
chapel tower
chapel
chapel
chapel
chapel
u43%2flmrp%2fsmall%2f34342520.PICT0279.jpg the gods terrace
the gods terrace
palace room
palace room
the grotto of the labyrinth
the grotto of the labyrinth
the abundance fountain
the abundance fountain
palace wall painting
palace wall painting
the cascade lake view from cave
the cascade lake view from cave
greenhouse view from side
greenhouse view from side
cave entrance at the base of the initiative well
cave entrance at the base of the initiative well
gardens
gardens
the templars cross on the chapel floor
the templars cross on the chapel floor
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chapel
u43%2flmrp%2fsmall%2f34342484.PICT0241.jpg the palace
the palace
the abundance fountain
the abundance fountain
palace room
palace room
detail of the initiative well
detail of the initiative well
the guardians portal
the guardians portal
the greenhouse window
the greenhouse window
hunting room floor detail
hunting room floor detail
tennis court
tennis court
the abundance fountain
the abundance fountain
the palace balcony
the palace balcony
tower of the renaissance
tower of the renaissance
lake
lake
the initiative well
the initiative well
u43%2flmrp%2fsmall%2f34342545.PICT0303.jpg the guardians portal
the guardians portal
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palace
palace
palace door
palace door
the hunting room
the hunting room
hunting room floor detail
hunting room floor detail
another entrance door
another entrance door
symbology
symbology
gardens
gardens
the abundance fountain detail
the abundance fountain detail
chapel floor
chapel floor
the initiative well
the initiative well
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tennis court
tennis court
entrance of the palace
entrance of the palace