A private tour at Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra Portugal is one of most attractive tours even for local people. Classified World Heritage by UNESCO, Quinta da Regaleira is a decorative 20th century palace that is situated in the town of Sintra. With its palace and many places of charm and mystery, is one of the most sought after places by tourists. It is the work of Luigi Manini’s talent, the Italian architect who did the project of the palace and gardens, hired by the owner of the palace, António Monteiro, in the early twentieth century.
The Quinta da Regaleira is split over five floors and has an ornate gothic façade, but the real attraction is to the rear with the enchanting gardens. The gardens of the Quinta da Regaleira were styled to represent ancient secret orders, with hidden tunnels and concealed symbolism.
The outside façade of the grand house is decorated with gothic turrets, carved gargoyles and other ornate features. Inside, the building spreads over five floors, but it’s very sparse in actual original details. The true wonder of the Quinta da Regaleira are the grounds, which cover 4 hectares and were inspired by the owner’s mystic ideologies.
There is also a fabulous set of turrets that offer us breathtaking scenery,strange nooks made of legend and homesickness, palatial villas with exquisite taste, terraces arranged for appreciation of the celestial world.
To conclude the visit to Quinta da Regaleira, we must invoke the adventure of the Knights Templar, or the ideals of masters of masonry, to descend to the monumental initiatory well by a huge spiral staircase. And deep down, with our feet resting on aneight-pointed star, it is as if we are immersed in the womb of Mother Earth. Then all we have to do is walk through the darkness of the labyrinthine grottoes until we get the light reflected in amazing lakes.
Quinta da Regaleira is a place to feel.
It is not enough to tell its memory, the landscape, the mysteries. It is necessary to get to know it, contemplate the scenography of the gardens and buildings, admire the Millions Palace, a true philosophical mansion of alchemical inspiration, walk through the exotic park, feel the Christian spirituality in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, which allows us to descend to the crypt where one remembers with emotion the symbolism and the presence of the beyond.
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