Thursday, May 15, 2014

Visit Eye-Opening Architecture at Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal

One of the most beautiful human-made groups of structures on Earth, Quinta da Regaleira was constructed around the turn of the 19th century by a wealthy Portuguese merchant named Carvalho Monteiro, who, based on the architecture, was clearly very interested in mysticism, alchemy, the Knights Templar, freemasonry, and an esoteric medieval German ideology called Rosicrucianism.
On a steep coastal hillside, Quinta da Regaleira is home to an artistically-rich gothic lodge, multiple chapels, sky-scraping turrets with broad views of the vast countryside, eerily beautiful benches, gardens, an enormous stone well lined with a spiral staircase down into the extensive tunnel system, which connects everything on the property.
As a co-founder of Alternative Non Fiction, this is a place I’ve personally visited. I spent an afternoon here a few years ago, and I can honestly say, the energy here is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been. It’s peaceful, but full of an angst that seeps out through the imposing stonework. The property has a dimension, just based on the hillside alone, with shallow tunnels making flat-line dives into the hill, meeting a deep-diving entrance farther in. This place is unlike any I’ve ever seen, anywhere else, and hopefully, the architectural style can be repeated elsewhere in the world, which is sadly too devoid of creativity in building-scale construction.
Without further ado, here is a photo-album of open photos detailing Quinta da Regaleira, a fascinatingly beautiful Iberian landmark, where ghosts outnumber people, and where the medieval intersects with the modern.

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