A building next to the ticket office, when came to Quinta da Regaleira from Rua Barbosa do Bocage

A building next to the ticket office, when came to Quinta da Regaleira from Rua Barbosa do Bocage

Azulejo tiles are used to decorate the building - the pattern at the top resemble to those one in the Great Mosque of Cordoba

Azulejo tiles are used to decorate the building - the pattern at the top resemble to those one in the Great Mosque of Cordoba

Quinta da Regaleira estate is surrounded by green forest and it is somewhat spooky

Quinta da Regaleira estate is surrounded by green forest and it is somewhat spooky

It started to rain and I took shelter in this building

It started to rain and I took shelter in this building

After walking for few minutes, I came in front of the Regaleira Church

After walking for few minutes, I came in front of the Regaleira Church

There are references to the Knights Templar and their Cross pattée is visible at the top of the church

There are references to the Knights Templar and their Cross pattée is visible at the top of the church

Although, this church is small in size but it is richly decorated - this is the first of the buildings constructed in 1904

Although, this church is small in size but it is richly decorated - this is the first of the buildings constructed in 1904

Saint Anthony (during his Sermon to the Fish, inside the chapel

Saint Anthony (during his Sermon to the Fish, inside the chapel

The Order of Christ Cross is painted inside the chapel

The Order of Christ Cross is painted inside the chapel

Fresco above the altar, Jesus Christ crowns the Virgin Mary

Fresco above the altar, Jesus Christ crowns the Virgin Mary

Main altar of the chapel, seen from the upper gallery

Main altar of the chapel, seen from the upper gallery

This appears to be a tomb in the crypt of the chapel

This appears to be a tomb in the crypt of the chapel

This chapel is an interesting place to visit for its architecture and hidden treasures inside

This chapel is an interesting place to visit for its architecture and hidden treasures inside

A cave like passage from the chapel leads to the main palace

A cave like passage from the chapel leads to the main palace

Exterior of the passage leading to the Quinta da Regaleira Palace

Exterior of the passage leading to the Quinta da Regaleira Palace

The Quinta da Regaleira is a magical 20th century residence in the town of Sintra

The Quinta da Regaleira is a magical 20th century residence in the town of Sintra

Carvalho Monteiro, who made his fortune in Brazil and ordered the construction of Regaleira Palace

Carvalho Monteiro, who made his fortune in Brazil and ordered the construction of Regaleira Palace

It was designed by Luigi Manini - this place is one of its kind, beautiful, enchanting and equally mysterious

It was designed by Luigi Manini - this place is one of its kind, beautiful, enchanting and equally mysterious

This estate is now UNSECO's World Heritage Site (one of many in Sintra)

This estate is now UNSECO's World Heritage Site (one of many in Sintra)

A colourful door of the dining room - this palace contains five floors (a ground floor, three upper floors, and a basement)

A colourful door of the dining room - this palace contains five floors (a ground floor, three upper floors, and a basement)

Fireplace inside the dining room

Fireplace inside the dining room

Quinta da Regaleira was opened to the public in the summer of 1998

Quinta da Regaleira was opened to the public in the summer of 1998

Tiles used in the room to enhance the beauty

Tiles used in the room to enhance the beauty

Interior of the living room - Monteiro lived in the Reinassance House in the grounds whilst supervising the counstruction of the palace which began in 1905

Interior of the living room - Monteiro lived in the Reinassance House in the grounds whilst supervising the counstruction of the palace which began in 1905

The property was always in private hands, the first Francisco Alberto Guimarães de Castro acquired the land in 1715 when it was known as Quinta da Torre

The property was always in private hands, the first Francisco Alberto Guimarães de Castro acquired the land in 1715 when it was known as Quinta da Torre

Monteiro acquired the estate in 1892, he owned some land around the quinta and in 1896 bought more land from the Marquês de Praia e Monforte adding to the estate

Monteiro acquired the estate in 1892, he owned some land around the quinta and in 1896 bought more land from the Marquês de Praia e Monforte adding to the estate

Monteiro had a vast library and a passion for collecting books, shells, butterflies, antiques and clocks

Monteiro had a vast library and a passion for collecting books, shells, butterflies, antiques and clocks

The ground floor in the palace holds the reception rooms

The ground floor in the palace holds the reception rooms

The Billiard Room or Monarch’s Room has paintings engraved into the wooden ceiling of the Portuguese monarchs from the first King Afonso Henriques to King João V

The Billiard Room or Monarch’s Room has paintings engraved into the wooden ceiling of the Portuguese monarchs from the first King Afonso Henriques to King João V

Another view of the Billiard Room

Another view of the Billiard Room

There are some smaller rooms in the palace, which were used by the servants

There are some smaller rooms in the palace, which were used by the servants

A photograph inside the palace shows the famous alchemy

A photograph inside the palace shows the famous alchemy

A spiral straircase leads to the upper parts of the palace and it offers wonderful views of the surroundings

A spiral straircase leads to the upper parts of the palace and it offers wonderful views of the surroundings

Outer balcony seen from a round window

Outer balcony seen from a round window

Castle of the Moors, viewed from the top of the Regaleira Palace

Castle of the Moors, viewed from the top of the Regaleira Palace

It was a cloudy day and view of the castle was bit misty

It was a cloudy day and view of the castle was bit misty

On the other hand, clouds made the castle appear more enigmatic

On the other hand, clouds made the castle appear more enigmatic

On a clear day, one could see the Castle of the Moors and the Pena Palace

On a clear day, one could see the Castle of the Moors and the Pena Palace

A beautiful building hidden among the trees

A beautiful building hidden among the trees

Buildings scattered on the lower flat areas of Sintra

Buildings scattered on the lower flat areas of Sintra

Decorative details of a tower which rises above the palace

Decorative details of a tower which rises above the palace

Weather cock atop one of the towers in the Quinta da Regaleira

Weather cock atop one of the towers in the Quinta da Regaleira

A depiction of a saint - Monteiro’s ideas blended with Mannini to create this magnificent palace

A depiction of a saint - Monteiro’s ideas blended with Mannini to create this magnificent palace

The rooftop alchemist’s laboratory, laboratory, accessed by a private stairway from the library in the turret

The rooftop alchemist’s laboratory, laboratory, accessed by a private stairway from the library in the turret

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal

Trees around the palace are spread out and towards this direction lies the park of the Regaleira estate

Trees around the palace are spread out and towards this direction lies the park of the Regaleira estate