The Inverted Tower, Sintra, Portugal.

An underground tunnel with a spiral staircase, supported by carved columns, down to the bottom of the well through nine landings. The nine hole round landings, separated by fifteen steps, evoke references to Dante’s Divine Comedy, and may represent the nine circles of hell, paradise, or purgatory. The well is connected to laberíticas caves that lead to a spooky garden surrounded by a lake. The land that is now Quinta da Regaleira had many owners through time. But in 1892 it belonged to the Barons of Regaleira, a family of rich merchants from Porto, when it was purchased that year by Carvalho Monteiro for 25,000 réis. Monteiro wished to build a bewildering place where he could gather symbols that would reflect his interests and ideologies. With the assistance of the Italian architect Luigi Manini, he designed the 4-hectare estate with its enigmatic buildings, believed to hide symbols related to alchemy, Masonry, the Knights Templar, and the Rosicrucians. The architecture of the estate evokes Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline architectural styles. The construction of the current estate commenced in 1904 and most of it was concluded by 1910.



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30 de răspunsuri la The Inverted Tower, Sintra, Portugal.

  1. Sandra C. zice:

    superbe et énigmatique….could we visit it ?

  2. Cristi M. zice:

    Of course, if you arrive in Lisboa.

  3. thegirlwhowantscurlyhair zice:

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  4. Dee zice:

    Why don’t they show the garden?

  5. Sydney Fong zice:

    very interesting place ! thanks for sharing !

  6. Ray's Mom zice:

    Interesting, but I would never make it above ground level, at least on the interior.

  7. Wow, this is extraordinary! And your photos give a wonderful sense of the depth and proportion, which is really difficult with a structure like this.
    Thanks for liking my blog, which led me to yours!

  8. Ever Dundas zice:

    Wow. That is stunning, and a little creepy. Will have to visit one day.

  9. Good photos, beautifully.
    A good weekend.
    Greeting, Wolfgang

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  11. Interesting! I love the photos; they look so ethereal. 🙂

  12. Rincewind zice:

    That’s just amazing….

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  15. maria camacho zice:

    i would love to see the garden as well, if you have any photos of it. this is a beautiful place.

  16. restlessjo zice:

    Great take on a subject which is rarely covered from this angle. Many thanks for your visit.

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