Quinta da Regaleira Symbolism: A deep dive into the mysteries and history of a strange palace and garden built by an eccentric millionaire in Sintra, Portugal.

Sometimes described as a playground for adults, Quinta da Regaleira is a mysterious estate built by a millionaire entomologist in the early 20th century, full of occult and masonic references. Chris talks about the history, symbolism, and some theories about the place.

Highlights include:
• A city named after a moon temple
• Freemason symbolism
An Initiation Well
• A tree that’s the last of its kind
• Green men
• Pentagrams on church floors
• Secret tunnels
• A “floating” library

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Quinta da Regaleira

Photo by Chris

Quinta da Regaleira

A goat head decorating a building / Photo by Chris

Quinta da Regaleira

Photo by Chris

Quinta da Regaleira

Photo by Chris

Quinta da Regaleira

Tower / Photo by Chris

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Leda’s Cave / Photo by Chris

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The palace / Photo by Chris

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The door to the church basement / Photo by Chris

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The front of the church / Photo by Chris

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The church interior (ground floor) / Photo by Chris

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The church ceiling (ground floor) / Photo by Chris

Quinta da Regaleira

Photo by Chris

Quinta da Regaleira

The palace / Photo by Chris

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Another castle, seen from Quinta da Regaleira / Photo by Chris

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A green man adorns a decorative urn / Photo by Chris

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The Initiation Well / Photo by Chris

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The Initiation Well / Photo by Chris

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The Initiation Well / Photo by Chris

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The Initiation Well / Photo by Chris

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The Portal of the Guardians–crocodiles or dragons? / Photo by Chris

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The Unfinished Well / Photo by Chris

 

Sources consulted RE: Quinta da Regaleira Symbolism

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    https://www.regaleira.pt/media/1004/folhetoen.pdf
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    https://www.atlaslisboa.com/monserrate/
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