Dec 15, 2013

The Quinta da Regaleira garden in Sintra, Portugal Part 2

Continued from yesterdays Blogg:
The QUINTA da REGALEIRA in Sintra outside Lisbon, Portugal!

This magnificent Estate namned after it's first owner Baroness da Regaleira, where bought in a public auction 1893 by Antonio Augusto de Carvalho Monteiro that put these rocky hillside gardens in order 1898 with help of the Set Desigenr and Architect Luigi Manini.

1904-1911 The Main house and the Chapel where built.
1946 a new owner, Waldemar Jara dÓrey, take over the Estate.
1987 the Estate are sold to the Japanese company Aoki
1997 The Muncipality of Sintra acquires the property, and after restoration it's open to the public the year after, to all our pleasure :D
 The Entrance to the garden from the main road with a beautiful walkway over linking the lower garden with the main house
 The Initiatic Well, a 27 meter deep Subterranean well with a spectacular starcase down to the bottom
 From the bottom You looking up to the uppper gardens and the opening of the well.
From here leading several underground tunnel to other garden and waterfalls.
 Looking out from the cave over a pond with a bridge and a footh path in to another cave
 Looking out through a waterfall
 Entrance in to two different tunnels
 One of the seating areas, can just imagine how beautiful it would be to sit here in the summer
There is a lot of tower from where You can see over the gardens
 The main house seen from upper gardens
Here and there You can get a glimpse of the old Moorish castle high above Sintra
 A bench outside the Chapel
 The Chapel
Thank You for joining me in this stroll. I hope to come back in the flowering season one day!
Thank You, Per!

Dec 14, 2013

The Quinta da Regaleira garden in Sintra, Portugal Part 1

A couple a weeks ago when I was in Lisbon Portugal I decided to take care of a dream of mine. 
I went to the train station and took the 40 minutes ride up to the amazing town of Sintra!
Ones the summer retreat of Royalty, Nobless and Famous from all over Europe (Agatha Christie wrote some of her books here), now a dramatic lush fairytale garden landscape where everybody have access to the former private gardens.
Since it's weeks worth of exploring did I start with one of the most spectacular ones:

Ones owned by Baroness da Regaleira, bought 1893 by Carvalho Monteiro family who had the Set designer and Architect Luigi Manini to start design the  rocky gardens 1998-1900.
Enjoy my stroll of the Hillside gardens in Autumn colours:
It's Autumn with it's beautiful colours
The lower gardens have a lot of fantastic ferns, both in tree forms and lower sorts where one can find antique statues embedded in the lush landscape
 And some Fuchsias
 The Pisoes Loggia
 One of the many amazing benches
 The Fountain of Regaleira
 Leda's Grotto, one of the many caves in this rocky garden.
 The garden is full of exciting ravines, streams, bridges, caves and underground walkways
Portal of the Guardians, which has a secret entrance to the amazing Initiatic Well which I show in the next blogg
I will continue my stroll trhough these stunning gardens in the next blogg!
Enjoy, Per!