Poço Iniciático da Quinta da Regaleira - Sintra (Portugal)

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    Trata-se de uma galeria subterrânea em espiral, de 27 metros, por onde se descem nove patamares até às profundezas da terra. Este é o caminho por onde se desce à terra, ou num percurso contrário, se sobe ao céu, consoante a natureza do percurso iniciático escolhido. Os nove patamares lembram os nove círculos do Inferno, as nove secções do Purgatório e os nove céus do Paraíso, segundo a Divina Comédia de Dante. A principal ideia por detrás deste poço é a de morrer e voltar a nascer num rito de iniciação ligado à terra, uma vez que esta é o útero materno de onde provem a vida, mas também a sepultura para onde voltará.
    No fundo está gravada uma cruz templária sobreposta a uma estrela de oito pontas, o símbolo heráldico de Carvalho Monteiro e símbolo da harmonia e também da Cavalaria Espiritual na Maçonaria escocesa. atracoessintra.no.sapo.pt/partesquinta.htm

    This is a fabulous assemblage of styles and constructions ( gardens, wells, towers, statues, mysterious grottoes, etc.), which Manini succeeded in imbuing with exceptional characteristics. Albeit having a semblance of a scene from opera, the Quinta da Regaleira has alchemical and sacred connotations.
    The origins of this Quinta (palace and estate) which is currently known as the Quinta da Regaleira date back to 1697 when José Leite purchased a huge tract of land at one end of the Old Quarter of Sintra.
    The property was bought at a public auction in 1715 by Francisco Alberto Guimarães de Castro who diverted water from the mountain to supply a fountain on the property. In the possession of João António Lopes Fernandes in 1800 it appears some thirty years later in the possession of Manuel Bernardo from whence it derived its current name, having formerly been known as the Quinta da Torre or the Quinta do Castro. It was then purchased by the daughter of Allen in 1840 (a wealthy trader from Oporto) who was later given the title of the Baroness of Regaleira.
    At the beginning of this century, however, the Quinta da Regaleira was purchased by the capitalist António Augusto de Carvalho Monteiro, a man of enormous culture with a degree in Law from the University of Coimbra who had amassed a fortune in Brazil. Carvalho Monteiro, who was profoundly inspired by the glorious national epic poem, whose expression at the time was found in the "revivalist" taste of neo manueline architecture, took inspiration for the construction of the manor house and its respective chapel both from the structural and decorative eclecticism of the Pena Palace and the neo-manueline style of the Hotel Palácio do Buçaco, designed by Luigi Manini. It was Carvalho Monteiro who invited Manini to design and build the house at Regaleira . The project was completed in 1910.
    This is a fabulous assemblage of styles and constructions (gardens, wells, towers, statues, mysterious grottoes, etc.), which Manini succeeded in imbuing with exceptional characteristics. Albeit having a semblance of a scene from opera, the Quinta da Regaleira has alchemical and sacred connotations.
    The Quinta da Regaleira, which was purchased in March 1997 by the Sintra Town Council is currently used as the head office of the CulturSintra Foundation which is undertaking a vast conservation and rehabilitation programme for promoting the palace in tourist terms. It is also organising a series of cultural events. www.cm-sintra.pt/Artigo.aspx?ID=3168

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    1. André Beja 63 months ago | reply

      conheço isto... :)

    2. Envee Apparel 63 months ago | reply

      I wish I could read the description, the photo is beautiful.

      That spiral staircase looks like a lot of work to walk up!

    3. GODSinFUN 63 months ago | reply

      This is about a drain gallery in spiral, of 27 meters, for where if they go down nine platforms until the deepenings of the land. This is the way for where if it goes down to the land, or in a contrary passage, if it goes up to the sky, consonant the nature of the chosen iniciático passage. The nine platforms remember the nine circles of the Hell, the nine sections of the Purgatório and nine skies of the Paradise, according to Divine Comedy of Dante. The main idea behind of this well is to die and to come back to be born in a on rite of initiation to the land, a time that this is the maternal uterus of where comes the life, but also the sepulture toward where it will come back. In the deep one an overlapped templária cross to a star of eight tips is recorded, the heráldico symbol of Oak Hunter and symbol of the harmony and also of the Cavalry Spiritual in the Scottish Masonry.

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    4. Diogo A. Oliveira [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

      É um local de uma energia riquissíma..boa foto...

    5. penelopebeveridge 63 months ago | reply

      interesting place

    6. Envee Apparel 63 months ago | reply

      Thank you for the description in English. Wonderful.

    7. Pedro Estevão 63 months ago | reply

      Está linda!
      Ainda há pouco tempo lá estive (em actualização).

    8. Ivânia Trento * 63 months ago | reply

      Interessantíssimo! Muito agradecida pelas informações.
      Abraço do outro lado do oceano :-)

    9. cb.almostblue 63 months ago | reply

      Stunning perspective!

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    10. duiwel 61 months ago | reply

      Wow! stunning

    11. Lenull 61 months ago | reply

      oh! this looks really mysterious! vertigooo :)

    12. Virginia Manso 57 months ago | reply

      Que belo ! não conhecia e agradeço pela descobert. Linda e original photografia. Parabéms !

    13. michaudgilbert 53 months ago | reply

      Impressive picture

    14. jmfer1 49 months ago | reply

      já lá tive, é bestial

    15. Ateliê Pano Encantado por Vera Gomes 47 months ago | reply

      Estive em Sintra duas vezes e não achei isso...preciso voltar lá. Linda foto.

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