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Quinta da Regaleira
Local name: Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira is located in the charming spa town of Sintra in Portugal. The complex comprising the palace along with other buildings and gardens is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Regaleira Palace is by far the most representative and impressive element of the complex. Visitors can see the original appearance of the rooms, including the dining room, billiard room and library. Noteworthy is the Regaleira Chapel, in which there are many paintings, frescoes and stained glass.
The park covers 4 hectares. It consists of a more ordered part with a large number of marked out paths and a more wild and less ordered upper part. The gardens have many reservoirs such as fountains and artificial lakes. You can also visit the network of numerous tunnels extending under the park. The walk is made more attractive by caves, underground lakes and a waterfall.
The Quinta da Regaleira has been around since the 17th century. In 1892, the property was purchased by António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro, who ordered the construction of a palace in the Manueline style with an admixture of Gothic elements. The author of the project was Luigi Manini. The construction of the complex showing various architectural styles was completed in 1910.