Hermetic Landscaping

One of the highlights of my explorations in Sintra was the gardens of the Quinta da Regaleira. It’s a wonderfully weird landscape designed for occult ritual and initiation, taking one on a journey through earth, air, water and fire.

Caves and tunnels link to an inverted tower leading back up to rebirth into the world. Or something like that. My photos cannot do it justice – the tunnels and caves and grottoes, towers and chapels and sacred spaces – you can see all kinds of great professional shots of this place online, but I recommend going in person, if at all possible.

I did manage to collect a couple of nice doors there.


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