This estate/"farm" is near the historic center of Sintra, Portugal. And although you can find all the detailed information and history of the place on Wiki, the experience is like looking at a painting. You'll make your own interpretation of the place, and this without saying that, some reading will make understand even more the magic and mystery in every element of the property.
As soon as you enter the gates you find yourself in front of white dusty paths going different directions. You as well just pull out the map given at the entrance and decide where to start, because there's no right direction to go from.
I and my friend just went for it and look for the famous Initiation Wells. The most enchanted place ever. It brought me back to Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, and suddenly a tourist next tome interrupted my thoughts singing Game of Throne's theme song which made everyone around laugh.
We ended out in a lower part of the park after dowing down the Well's narrow staircase. speaking of which, let me share with you a little teaser about the place:
This initiation wells, also known as inverted towers, are full of symbolism, they were built for Tarot initiation rituals! Some people say it wasn't only for that.
Of the two wells, the larger one contains a 27-meter spiral staircase with several small landings. The spacing of these landings, combined with the number of steps in the stairs, are linked to Tarot mysticis.
So, there you go. Doesn't make you pay it a visit?
Well, there's much than that going on there. The tunnels, though I haven't dug into the reason why they were carved, can disorient you for a while, and when you think you're going down, you end up in a higher part of the park!
But, of course, this isn't all made of wells and tunnels, there are the palace and the chapel. And on the way there you'll find the most mysterious sculptures on outdoor stone vases and statues like goats with round long horns and human face, a weird facial expression on other human faced sculptures that reminded me of gargoyles.
As soon as your eyes hit the walls of the palace it's just too much information to absorb at a glance. The whole building exhibited sculptures everywhere, from the tiniest ones to huge ones hanging on the corners of the palace. And don't get me started on the interior... it's to die for"!
And as for the chapel, let's use the keywords:
Pentagrams, Masonry and the Knights Templar
symbols carved on the walls and drawn with small colored tiles on the entrance floor.