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Quinta da Regaleira - Sintra

In the 19th century, Sintra was one of the first cradles of the romantic architecture in Europe, attracting those who, sensitized by the landscape, dared to retouch it with a stunning architecture in an Edenic harmony. In this picturesque setting we find, at outskirts of Sintra’s historic centre, the Quinta da Regaleira, an estate that reflects the sensibility and cultural, philosophical and scientific interests of the owner, António Augusto de Carvalho Monteiro, together with the virtuosity of the Italian architect and scenographer Luigi Manini. The culture and creativity of these two personalities resulted in an eclectic revivalist architectural ensemble, focused on the Manueline, Renaissance and Classical Styles.
Luigi Manini’s intervention at Quinta da Regaleira moves away from the model of the picturesque garden of the 1st half of the 19th century. The structure of the park, determined by the morphology of the terrain, is outlined based on a main path that crosses the property, from which a network of tracks and lanes wind across flowerbeds, gaining winding shapes and creating an illusion of spontaneous incompleteness. It is a garden to be experienced in constant motion, stimulating the imagination through a variety of contrasts and scenes. The monumental trees, the play of light, the water effects, and the fanciful architecture instil a sentimental perception of the spaces, in the dramatic style of Romanticism. Construction began in 1898 with the works on the foundations of buildings, embankments and the ingenious network for abstracting and distributing water. In 1903, part of the exotic vegetation was imported from Brazil and by 1908, the construction of the palace and chapel, together with the renovation of the greenhouse and large iron gates and railings, were completed. By 1912, the property was virtually complete.
Quinta da Regaleira
9, 2710-567 Sintra

Opening Hours
JAN/MAR 10:00 AM – 05:30 PM
APR/SEP 10:00 AM – 05:30 PM
OCT/DEC 10:00 AM – 05:30 PM

Closed 1st January, 24th, 25th and 31st December.

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