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Take a Close Look at the Interior of Quinta da Regaleira

Situated within the municipality of Sintra, Quinta da Regaleira is a 19th-century estate. It originally belonged to the Viscountess of Regaleira, part of a wealthy Porto family, but derives its values from its next owner, Brazilian millionaire António Augusto de Carvalho Monteiro. This guide covers the interior of Quinta Da Regaleira and what you shouldn't miss on your visit to this UNESCO world heritage site.

What to see in Quinta Da Regaleira

Quinta de Regaliera Interior - Palace of Regaleira

Palace of Regaleira

Quinta Da Regaleira complex is spread over nearly 10 acres. The Palace of Regaleira is the main building of the Quinta Da Regaleira complex. While, the palace has five floors, visitors can only access the first floor. Despite this, there's a lot to see. You can explore the entire ground floor, which was the meeting area for the Monteiro family, and the first floor, which had the family's private rooms, bathrooms, and playrooms. Additionally, you can access the Hunting Room, Renaissance Room, Kings' Room, and Smoking Room.

Quinta de Regaliera Interior - Porch & Foyer

Porch & Foyer

The entrance to the Palace of Regaleira is an attraction in itself. You enter the Palace through the Porch, an entrance carved in limestone. It depicts various discoveries by the Portuguese and has similarities with Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower. Both the structures are located in Lisbon and, like Quinta Da Regaleira, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After you pass the Porch, you enter the Foyer. Its main attraction is a floor-to-ceiling mosaic and limestone accents.

Quinta de Regaliera Interior - Hunting Room

Hunting Room

The Hunting Room, also known as the Dining Room is richly decorated. Most visitors are drawn to its polychrome Venetian mosaic that features natural themes and wild animals. The Hunting Room's enormous fireplace, made by sculptor Rodrigo de Castro, is equally fascinating. It displays hunting scenes and features a huntsman ("Monteiro" in Portuguese). The huntsman is a reference to Carvalho Monteiro himself, the owner of the Quinta Da Regaleira.

Quinta de Regaliera Interior - Renaissance Room

Renaissance Room

All royal families at the time had opulent living rooms. The Renaissance Room, also called the Living Room, was no different. Although designed by Luigi Manini, the Renaissance Room features beautiful paintings by several Portuguese artists, including Jlio da Fonseca. His work hangs on the oak wood coffered ceiling in the Renaissance Room.

Quinta de Regaliera Interior - Music Room

Music Room

The focal point of the music room is undoubtedly its grand piano, positioned at the center of the space. The piano serves as both a decorative centerpiece and a functional element. The interior is inspired by the rocaille style, which emerged in France at the beginning of the 18th century. The rocaille style features intricate designs with pebbles and shells, and is seen in the chestnut wood ceiling and frescoes on the walls of the music room.

Quinta de Regaliera Interior - King's Room

Kings' Room

Originally known as the Billiard Room, the Kings' Room in Quinta Da Regaleira earned its name from the 24 portraits of the Kings and Queens of Portugal on its walls. While it once housed a large billiard table at its center, this feature is absent today. Instead, along with the portraits, you will discover four coats of arms representing significant cities in Portugal: Braga, Coimbra, Lisbon, and Porto.

Quinta de Regaliera Interior - Smoking Room

Smoking Room

The Smoking Room at Quinta Da Regaleira was reserved exclusively for men, in contrast to the Music Room, which was primarily used by the ladies. Originally serving as a connection to the Billiards Room, it lacked a significant purpose at the time. However, today, exhibitions honoring Carvalho Monteiro are showcased in this space, leading to its new name, the Carvalho Monteiro Room.

Quinta de Regaliera Interior - Smoking Room

Garden of Regaleira

While the Palace of Regaleira is impressive, Quinta Da Regaleira stands out for its garden. Throughout the garden you can see various stone statues, including depictions of Greek gods and goddesses such as Venus, Hermes, and Dionysus. Exploring the garden requires comfortable footwear, as much of the ground is hilly and uneven.

Quinta de Regaliera Interior - The Initiation Well

The Initiation Well

The Initiation Well at Quinta da Regaleira is a mysterious site with a gothic spiral staircase descending 88 feet underground, believed to be used for ceremonial rituals. Legend suggests connections to the Knights Templar, Freemasonry, and Rosicrucianism. It's thought that Carvalho Monteiro, the estate's owner, may have been associated with the Templars.




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Visitor tips

  • Comfortable Footwear: Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking, as you'll be exploring extensive gardens and possibly uneven terrain.
  • Flashlight: If you plan to explore the underground tunnels, such as the Initiation Wells, bring a flashlight as the lighting may be dim.
  • Accessibility: While Quinta da Regaleira's gardens and some buildings are accessible, certain areas may have limited accessibility for individuals with mobility issues. Check with staff for information on accessible routes and facilities.
  • Local Cuisine: Treat yourself to the local cuisine by visiting nearby cafes, restaurants, or markets in Sintra to sample traditional Portuguese dishes such as  Portugal's famous custard tarts, known as pastéis de nata or try different Portuguese cheeses available, from creamy Queijo da Serra to tangy Queijo de Azeitão, often served with crusty bread and fruity preserves.
  • Language: While English is widely spoken in tourist areas, learning a few basic phrases in Portuguese can be helpful such as 'ola' which is hello or 'por favor', which means please.

Frequently asked questions about Quinta Da Regaleira’s interior

What are the main rooms to visit inside Quinta Da Regaleira?

Some of the main rooms to visit inside Quinta Da Regaleira include the Music Room, the King's Room, the Smoking Room (also known as the Carvalho Monteiro Room), and the chapel.

Is there a gift shop or café inside Quinta Da Regaleira?

Yes, Quinta Da Regaleira has a gift shop where visitors can purchase souvenirs, books, and other items related to the estate. Additionally, there is a café on the premises where visitors can enjoy refreshments and snacks.

Are there audio guides available for self-guided tours inside Quinta Da Regaleira?

Yes, audio guides are available for self-guided tours inside Quinta Da Regaleira.

What is the significance of the symbolism found in the interior of Quinta Da Regaleira?

The interior of Quinta Da Regaleira is rich in symbolism, reflecting the esoteric interests of its former owner, Carvalho Monteiro. You will encounter various symbols representing alchemy, Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism throughout the estate.

Is there wheelchair accessibility inside Quinta Da Regaleira?

While some parts of Quinta Da Regaleira may be accessible to wheelchair users, such as certain ground-level rooms, the uneven ground of the gardens is not suited for wheelchair users.

What is the best way to explore the interior of Quinta Da Regaleira?

The best way to explore the interior of Quinta Da Regaleira is through guided tours led by knowledgeable guides who can provide insights into the history and significance of the estate's architecture, artwork, and symbolism.

Are there any restrictions on entry to certain rooms or areas inside Quinta Da Regaleira?

The rooms on the ground and first floor in Quinta Da Regaleira are open to visitors. The other floors are restricted due to conservation or safety reasons. Visitors should follow any posted signage or instructions from staff members.