The inverted tower

Picture of the day #7

Nine levels of spiral winding stairs lead you into the depth and darkness. Legend has it that the journey through the upside down tower of Sintra’s initiation well is like a rebirth.

Like in real life you have the choice whether you want to walk up or down. Dependent on your decision, you either climb out of the darkness into the light or you head towards the origin. The mystical garden houses an enigmatic system of tunnels, wells and grottoes. Its architecture, caves, arches, labyrinth and statues all have symbolic character opening up a world of speculation and hypothesis. The nine landings of the spiral staircases might even symbolise Dante’s nine circles of hell.

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