The Initiation Well at Quinta da Regaleira near Sinta, Portugal
“That which is below corresponds to that which is above, and that which is above, corresponds to that which is below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing” – Hermes Trismegistus
This 88-foot-deep well is located on the land of Quinta da Regaleira, near the town of Sintra, Portugal. The well was never used as a well and, in fact, was never built to serve as a water resource at all. It was actually built for secret ceremonial purposes.
The owner of Quinta da Regaleira, the wealthy Portuguese businessman Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro, was a well-known Freemason. With the assistance of the Italian architect Luigi Manini, he designed and constructed the four-hectare property with enigmatic buildings, mysterious parks, and underground tunnels.
All of the structures erected in Quinta da Regaleira are filled with many symbols, which are linked to masonry, alchemy, the Rosicrucian and Hermetic legacy, the Knights Templar and Tarot mysticism.
The Quinta da Regaleira estate is known as “The Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire”. Built in 1904, the pearl of the estate, without doubt, is the palace. The grand residence has five floors and a Gothic facade, with carved and decorated gargoyles and other Gothic ornaments. The construction of the impressive estate lasted over 6 years. After the death of Carvalho Monteiro, the property was bought by a Waldemar d’Orey. The family owned it until 1987, when it was sold to a Japanese corporation. They kept the estate closed from the public for 10 years. In 1997, the local authorities purchased the estate, and after restoration, in 1998, it was opened for public visits.