Initiation Well, Regaleira Palace (Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal)


The Initiation Well, in the Regaleira Palace, is located in the town of Sintra. Looking like an upside down tower, where at every 15 steps a plateau is reached, in a total of nine leading to the depths of the earth. The nine plateaus remind the nine circles of Hell, the nine sections of Purgatory and the nine heavens of Paradise, as designated by Dante in Divine Comedy. It is believed that it was used in rituals of initiation into masonry, giving it’s name.

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