A fabulous assemblage of constructions full of Templars and Masonic symbols

History

After changing hands various times between 1697 and 1817, the estate became known as Quinta da Torre.

Bought in 1840 by the Baroness da Regaleira, daughter of Alfredo Allen, a wealthy trader from Porto, the property is transformed into an elegant summer retreat with a palatial house and chapel. Its name was changed to Quinta da Regaleira.

In 1893 it is acquired at a public auction by António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1848-1920), a man of vast culture who had amassed a fortune in Brazil. He then added surrounding plots of land giving it the present pentagonal outline of the property boundaries.

Carvalho Monteiro , profoundly influenced by the 'revivalist' Neo-Manueline architecture of the times, took inspiration for the construction of the palace and its chapel from the structural and decorative eclecticism of the Pena Palace and the Neo-Manueline style of the Palacio do Buçaco designed by the scenographer-architect Luigi Manini (1848-1936).

He hired Manini to design and build Regaleira. The project was completed in 1911.

The Quinta da Regaleira was purchased in March 1997 by the Sintra Town Council which, since then, is undertaking a vast conservation and rehabilitation program.

Quinta da Regaleira Palace

The Palace

Hunting Room

Hunting Room of the Quinta da Regaleira

 

The dining room is overwhelmed by the massive fireplace that supports a statue of a woodsman. The mantelpiece depicts hunting scenes that are exceptionally well carved.

The theme of the 'cycle of life' is evident throughout the room: from the polychrome Venetian mosaic floor to the carvings of the ceiling.

Octagonal Room

Octagonal Room in the Quinta da Regaleira

The room design was Inspired by the Templar Convent of Tomar .

Kings Room

Ceiling of the Kings Room in the Quinta da Regaleira

Formerly the billiard room, its ceiling is decorated by the portraits of 20 Kings and 4 Queens of Portugal as well as the coats-of-arms of 4 cities: Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra and Braga.

The Chapel

Chapel and Palace of the Quinta da Regaleira

Chapel on the left and the Palace on the right

Interior of the Chapel of the Quinta da Regaleira

Interior of the Chapel

Built in the Neo-Manueline style, the Capel is decorated by scenes of the life of Jesus Christ.

It contains also many symbols of the Knights Templar and their successors in Portugal, the Knights of Christ .

The crypt is linked to the Palace through a tunnel.

The Gods Promenade

Gods Promenade at the Quinta da Regaleira

 

An alley with statues of classical gods: Fortune, Orpheus, Venus, Flora, Ceres, Pan, Dionysus, Vulcan, Hermes, etc.

The Portal of the Guardians

Portal of the Guardians at the Quinta da Regaleira

 

A highly dynamic structure composed of twin towers flanking a central pavilion under which is hidden one of the underground ways to the Initiation Well.

The Initiation Well

Initiation Well at the Quinta da Regaleira

 

A 'subterranean tower' sinking 27 metres into the earth accessible by a monumental stairway, full of masonic, esoteric and alchemical symbols.

The Underground Walkways

Underground Walkways at the Quinta da Regaleira

 

A large network of tunnels links many buildings of the estate.

Opening hours

Open all year except December 24th and 25th

Minimally from 09:30 until 18:00

PeriodOpeningLast entryClosing
April to September09:3019:0020:00
October to March09:3017:0018:00

€ Prices

Children up to 5 years Entry Free
Children from 6 up to 17 years Entry 4,00
Adult Entry 6,00
Senior (above 65 years) Entry 4,00
Gods Promenade of the Quinta da Regaleira

Gods Promenade