Quinta Da Regaleira is a 20th century palace set in the beautiful Sintra hills, 10 km north of Cascais and within walking distance from the historical Sintra town. It is split over five floors and oozes a variety of architecture and cultural diversity.
Constructed in 1904 by a Portuguese businessman this World Heritage Site is one of the principle attractions of Sintra for people looking to spend a holiday in Portugal, with Palácio Da Pena and Palácio Monserrate close behind.
Don't miss the opportunity to visit this fantastic palace. Enjoy the beautiful vast romantic gardens with passage ways, tunnels, lakes and fountains. Perhaps sit down with some pen and paper and replicate the building architecture with its menacing gargoyles.
The land was bought by Carvalho Monteiro in 1892 and, eager to build he set out the task of hiring Luigi Manini, an Italian architect to craft a unique and varied design. Using his own personal interests and ideas he combined a number styles from Roman, Gothic to Renaissance which makes this estate so compelling and diverse. There are also rumors the property also held symbols relating to alchemy, Knights Templar and the Rosicrucian's.
After being sold a number of times the Sintra council bought the land in 1997 and reopened after extensive renovation in 1998. The palace has since then become a symbol of Sintra and its wealth of historical adventures.
The Quinta Da Regaleira palace itself is split over five floors. The main floor houses many rooms including the billiards room, the living room and other smaller rooms. The first and second floor house bedrooms for guests, Carvalho Monteiro himself and servant quarters. The basement was for the male servants and also the kitchen which included pulley lifts to deliver food and beverage to the main floor.
The property also includes a Roman Catholic chapel which stands in front of the palace itself. Although relatively small in size, this chapel actually has several floors of decorative artifacts, stained glass windows and other religious depictions. The floors tell the story of the Portuguese discoveries and Order of the Christ Cross surrounded by pentagrams. Whether you are religious or not this palace is a must see for any holiday maker.
Around the 4 hectares of land there are a number of tunnels which interlink to each other and parts of the palace itself. These tunnels connect the large towers or "initiation wells" which are towers lined with stairs built into the ground. These were not water wells but instead used for ceremonials.
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