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Regaleira Gardens (Jardim da Regaleira)

The Jardim da Regaleira was designated a World Heritage by UNESCO. It was owned by Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteira (1848-1920) and designed by the Italian theatre set designer Luigi Manini (1848-1936). They aimed to fuse Portuguese mythology, a number of artistic ideas (Gothic, Renaissance, Rococo, Manueline etc) and glorify everything sacred. The gardens caontain fountains, terraces, lakes and grottoes. The Initiation Well, inspired by the initiation rites of the Knights Templars and Freemasons, has a moss-strewn spiral stairway descending into the ground

Quinta da Regaleira, Rua Barbosa do Bocage, Sintra, Portugal

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Reviews

  • about 3 years by Nuno Prates 5 / 5

    A great place to discover a nice collection of Bromeliads cultivated in every corner of these fantastic garden! exuberant and rich in taxa, a special notice to tropical ornamental indoor specimens here introduced as ordinary garden plants. A good surprise to all plantlovers.
  • about 3 years by Nuno Prates 5 / 5

    To those who love bromeliads, these gardens have much to offer. You'll be surprised to find lots of bromeliads growing on tree branches as well as in the ground. They are perfectly adapted to the cold climate of Sintra. You'll also find nice specimen of other plants namely arecacea, dracaena sp and cordyline sp.
    For those who simply like seeing a different landscape this is undoubtly THE nicest in the country.
    Exuberant green ferns, trees and palms grow all over the area. A must.

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Regaleira Gardens Regaleira Gardens courtesy Pedro Prats