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The Initiation Well – Sintra, Portugal

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Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal


John Lukas

Inverted Tower
In Sintra, Portugal, the Quinta da Regaleria estate contains an extensive and enigmatic system of tunnels. The symbolism of the tunnels has been interpreted as a trip between darkness and light, death and resurrection. The system has many access points, including the estate’s grottoes, its chapel, Waterfall Lake, and “Leda’s Cave” beneath Regaleira Tower. The “Initiation Well”, or “Inverted Tower”, is a steep 27-meter staircase that leads directly underground and connects with the other tunnels via underground walkways.

Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal