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.
The Istana Nurul Iman palace is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei and the seat of the Brunei government. The name itself means “Palace of the Light of Faith”. Upon completion, Istana Nurul Iman, became the largest residential palace in the world and the largest single family residence ever built.
The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a complex of buildings, even though it is generally understood to be the royal abode of the King of Cambodia. The compound was the citadel of King Ponhea Yat (1393-1463) and rebuilt to its present state in 1886, when King Norodom (1834-1904) relocated the royal capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh. The buildings with beautiful towering spires are a great example of classic Khmer architecture found in Cambodia today. This is officially the residence of His Majesty, King Norodom Sihamoni.