Thursday, May 23, 2013

Regaleira Palace - Portugal

Adrienne Garry from New Zealand has been to Portugal a few weeks ago and she met a few portuguese postcrossers in Sintra. José sent me this card of the Regaleira Palace in Sintra, signed by him, Adrienne, Paula, Ninocas and her son, Joaninha and Rita Oliveira.

Rufino & Rufino, Lda
The Regaleira Palace and Estate, also known as also known as the "Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire”, was built in the beginning of the 20th century, born from the imagination of its millionaire owner António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro and the Italian architect Luigi Manini.
From dream to reality was born Regaleira Estate, a combination of several artistic and architectonical styles, from Gothic to Manueline, with a Renaissance touch. The result was an unique creation, filled with magical nooks and details that disclose the union between national History and esoteric and mythic interest, inevitably associated to the mountain range of Sintra.
From the luxuriant gardens to the numerous buildings, such as the Milhões Palace, the Santíssima Trindade Chapel, or the turrets and the small palaces, the Regaleira Estate provides an entrance in an alternative dimension that one could never guess just by looking at its main gate… - in:

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