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.
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.”