Quinta da Regaleira is a fantastic nineteenth century palace in Sintra, Portugal; built by millionaire Carvalho Monteiro, who made his money in trade with Brazil, with the help of Italian architect Luigi Manini, it hides multiple symbols having to do with alchemy, Masonic rituals , Knights Templar and Rosa-cruz.
The Initiation Well with its ritual initiation spiral staircase is believed to have been used in Masonic initiation rituals, connected with the earth, where live begin and ends. The well has been built using stones and rocks brought from the seaside near Peniche, 150 Km north of Lisbon. and is interconnected by numerous man made tunnels. These rocks and stones give to the well and its tunnels a feeling of being part of an underwater World.
The initiation well has been built uphill from the palace www.flickr.com/photos/antoniovi/386420188/ , which is also quite enigmatic and full of symbology.