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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.