Photographer's Note

Another view of this place that I already showed in an earlier other post. As far as I remember, that other photo was shot on the top of this tower, which actually constitutes the major part of the building.

Much of the rest of the note is copied form the other post.

The palace, known as Palácio (or Quinta) da Regaleira, was built in the late 19th century, but there were already older constructions on the site at that time. His owner, António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro, was one of those 19th century figures who liked to spend much of their large wealth in various things like Science and Art in general, Architecture in particular and also in esoteric things like Alchemy, Masonry, Templar Knights and Rosicrucianism. He inherited a huge family fortune that he expanded in Brazil, where he was born, selling coffee and precious stones (he was known in the press of the time as "Monteiro of the Millions"). He hired the Italian architect Luigi Manini to build this palace, which is an intricated mix of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline (a kind of Portuguese late Gothic) styles.

Although this is a fact disputed by some researchers, the palace and its gardens are usually described as being full of Masonic symbols. I haven't enough knowledge to discuss such things, but the abundance of esoteric signs is evident even to the less attentive visitor.

It is located on a hill near the centre of the charming historic town of Sintra, which is classified by Unesco as World Heritage, only a few Kms West of Lisboa. From its windows and balconies one has fabulous views over the neighbouring densely forested hills of Serra de Sintra, which features a Moorish castle just beside a Romantic palace and also the Atlantic coast that lies just a few Kms to the West, behind the building.

The palace was used for shooting some scenes of the 1999 Roman Polanski's film "The Ninth Gate", which featured famous actors like Johny Depp, Lena Olin and Emmanuelle Seigner. Not surprisingly it is a mystery film.

Location (latitude, longitude): 38.79633,-9.39614

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