Written by Peet Banks
The Initiation Well, also known as the is a 27 meter staircase leading straight down to an underground tunnel system. It is part of the Quinta da Regaleira estate in historic Sintra, Portugal.
One of the wells contains nine platforms, said to be reminiscent of the “Divine Comedy” by Dante and the nine circles of Hell.
At the bottom of the wells there is a compass over a Knights Templar cross, which is said to have been Monteiro’s herald and a sign of his Rosicrucians.
Very little is known about the wells and what they were actually used for. One is said to be 88 feet deep. Regardless of their original purpose, they are definitely beautiful to behold, and their planning and construction is genius.
I can’t find any record of any hauntings at the Initiation Wells, but I’d love to get down there with my equipment to find out! Not sure if I’d like the walk back up though.