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Quinta Da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal

October 24, 2013 by  

Quinta Da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal, Sintra lies in the splendid coastal landscape of western Portugal just north of Lisbon. Numerous kings and other aristocrats built their summer retreats in this miniature paradise. In the 19th century Sintra became the first centre of European Romantic architecture.

Quinta da Regaleira is an impressive inheritance situated in the old part of Sintra. The country estate is surrounded by gardens and forests and bears the mythical and magical marks of the former owner Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro.

We decide to enter the spiritual domain by climbing the stepping stones. The cave symbolises rebirth, at the end of the birth canal shines the eternal light. Monteiro and his architect Luigi Manini maintained the same philosophy of life. The imagination of the two men created various artistic expressions.
After the trip through the nine-floored cave, the visitor can receive another reward seeing other works of art and the delightful nature of the country estate.
But first we go through the hidden door in the rock, taking the final threshold to the Christian world. Other visitors take the trip in opposite direction, choosing the pagan way, which is quite a different story.
Themes of mystical life are represented in all sorts of ways. The Portuguese myths and esoteric traditions found fertile ground at the Quinta.

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