Here the masons conducted the ceremonies of initiation.
Mysterious system of underground tunnels in the Palace and Park complex QUINTA da Regaleira (Quinta da Regaleira), built at the beginning of the last century in the Portuguese municipality of Sintra, is supposedly mystical transitions from light to dark. Central structure is considered well Initiation, entrance to which is guarded by guards chthonic penumbra, representing the world of twilight.
According to legend, in the mysterious pit depth of 27 meters, resembling an inverted tower masons conducted the ceremonies of initiation. A dedication ceremony was traditionally completed at the bottom of the pit, which shows an eight-pointed star. Surrounding the well spiral staircase with exotic railings, overgrown with moss, circles symbolize heaven or hell — depending on the direction of motion. The output of the mystical well possible through the stone door leading into an underground tunnel.
The pit Initiation is in the estate QUINTA da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal. Made by human hands, this unusual well was named so because it held initiation rites masons.
He is a 27-meter spiral staircase, leaving deep into the mountains. The ladder 10 levels, which support the carved stone columns.
These levels represent a 10 circles of hell, 10 laps of purgatory and Paradise 10 laps, which was described by Dante. Each span of 15 degrees.
The water well is built on the unity of opposites, that is, heaven is opposed to hell, heaven — hell, of this world — otherworldly.
When a person descends to the bottom of the well, he kind of goes through a certain ritual knowledge of his soul.
The lower the person drops to the bottom, the darker it becomes.
But the compass in the well, drawn on top of the cross of the knights Templar always pointing East. This means that a person goes to the light.
A little wander in the dark, we are still coming to light.
The entrance to the well of Initiation guarded by the guards of the other world.
Opposite the entrance to the well is the “divine garden”, which is guarded by two towers-ziggurats — is an iconic structure resembling a truncated pyramid, the upper tier which was a sanctuary.
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