Ornate

sintra portugal

When I saw The Daily Post’s photo challenge ‘Ornate‘ I immediately thought of the palace at Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal. It’s a place that is magical, romantic and classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The Quinta da Regaleira was built just over a hundred years ago by Antonio Carvalho Monteiro (1848-1920) and sits within a landscape of trees and shrubs. Being an academic with a strong interest in the initiation rites of Masons – there are Masonic symbols everywhere – Monteiro created a place with a mystical atmosphere. His architect, Luigi Manini (1848-1936) who designed La Scala in Milan, was inspired by Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline architecture.

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If you would like to hear some traditional Portuguese Fado music, performed in the room above have a look at this video. Or you might like to take a virtual tour of the very ornate palace and grounds of Quinta da Regaleira.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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8 Responses to Ornate

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Wow! That is beautiful Jean.

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  2. pattimoed says:

    You’ve picked a perfect architectural gem for this challenge, Jean. I also loved the Fado music. It’s so emotional.

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  3. Paula says:

    Great shot of the outside, Jean!

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