The Palace Of Mystery

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Pictures by Taylor Moore of the bewildering and spectacularly bonkers Quinta da Regaleira in Grand Lisboa, Portugal, located near the UNESCO World Heritage town of Sintra (and included within its designated ‘cultural landscape’).

The estate was developed between 1904 and 1910 by Portuguese entomologist Carvalho Monteiro, who commissioned Italian architect Luigi Manini to construct a series of enigmatic buildings combining the gargoyles, steeples, chapels and towers of Gothic, Renaissance, Roman and Manueline styles with symbolism relating to Masonry, alchemy, the Knights Templar and the Rosicrucians, not to mention fantasy grottoes, caves and a deep dry well ringed with a spiral staicase.

Currently owned by the Sintra Town Hall, it was opened to the public in 1998.

More pix here.

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19 thoughts on “The Palace Of Mystery

      1. Sheikh Yabooti

        Yep, definitely wow. And the editing improves them IMHO, almost fantasy CGI. It’s a yes from me.

    1. Aislingdreamsof

      Relatively easy from Cascais, takes about half hour on the bus. Think you can get a train from Lisbon itself. Definitely worth it.

        1. Farty McCarthy

          There’s also a bus that leaves from the tourist office if you can’t be arsed hiking up the hill.

  1. ThePeoplesHero

    Was there only last year during the summer…. Spectacular place to visit and of all one can do in Sintra, I’d recommend this the highest… The tunnels are great fun….

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