Visit the Quinta da Regaleira Castle and Portugal’s most mysterious exploratory well

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Regaleira Estate, Sintra

Mysterious and ancient, once the rituals of one of the most mysterious secular societies in the world, the Quinta da Regaleira Castle and the main exploration well are a great place to explore. 
The ancient castle of Quinta da Regaleira is located in Sintra, less than 40 minutes from Lisbon (the capital of Portugal). This is the land of the castle, old town, of special architectural works.

Castle of Quinta da Regaleira

The land of Sintra has undergone many changes. In the middle of the 2nd century BC, this area was occupied by the Romans and later belonged to the Moroccan. In 1147, Sintra arrived at the hands of Afonso Henriques, the first Portuguese king.

Afonso built the Quinta da Regaleira castle in Sintra to reside in the summer. However, most of the architectural heritage of the area was destroyed after the earthquake of 1755.

Picture of a room in the castle of Quinta da Regaleira

Over time, the castle of Quinta da Regaleira has been owned by many owners since construction. In 1904, it was sold to António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro, a wealthy Portuguese entomologist. Monteiro renovated the castle by decorating and engraving the symbols associated with the Masonic.

The Castle of Quinta da Regaleira is a world heritage site with a special appeal due to the diverse convergence of European styles such as Gothic, Egyptian, Moroccan, Renaissance.


The castle is a combination of many famous architectural styles

The Quinta da Regaleira complex covers an area of ​​4 hectares, including castles, chapels, gardens, tunnels, ponds, waterfalls. However, the most attractive destination for visitors is the Mystic Rehabilitation well.

The Poço Iniciáticoin (27m deep), which includes 9 storeys, is said to be used as the site of the festivity of the Fellowship. There are many decodes on the architecture of the Khai Tam well, which emphasize the number 9. One of the mysteries of the mystery is believed to be bold philosophy of the genius of Italian Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Famous for the Divine Commedia and La Vita Nuova, which depicts the number 9 involved in the concept of heaven, hell, life, death and resurrection. born.


The well is about 30 m deep

At the bottom of the well is the cross symbol set by the owner Monterio. The scientific calculations in the building with the mystery of the well, plus the moss time on the stone floor increased the attractiveness to visitors.


The symbol of the mall at the bottom of the well

From the architectural point of view, Khai Tam shallow wells are impressed by the complex structure, including the tunnel system leading to the bottom of the well, a way from the garden, the other way leading to the lake area is ants create cascading floors, caves, mysterious stone bridge. The remaining approach with the well from the mouth of the well – on the top of the high mound – down the stone steps 139 degrees spiral image through 9 floors.


The image from the bottom of the well explodes upward

At the bottom of the well there is a directional diagram, in the middle is the cross symbolizes the point of Masonic. Furthermore, the well is not intended to contain water but instead is used for various ceremonies, including Tarot rituals.

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