Portugal - JoeDanielPrice

The Iniciatic Well, Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal - The 90 foot deep well resembles an inverted tower. It is divided into nine platforms, which are said to be reminiscent of the Divine Comedy by Dante and the nine circles of Hell, the nine sections of Purgatory and the nine skies which constitute Paradise. The well was used for secretive initiation rites, not for water collection. I photographed this hand-held, leaning over as far as I could at 16mm. I shot a bracketed set of 3 images to create enough dynamic range to see the floor below.

The Iniciatic Well, Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal - The 90 foot deep well resembles an inverted tower. It is divided into nine platforms, which are said to be reminiscent of the Divine Comedy by Dante and the nine circles of Hell, the nine sections of Purgatory and the nine skies which constitute Paradise. The well was used for secretive initiation rites, not for water collection. I photographed this hand-held, leaning over as far as I could at 16mm. I shot a bracketed set of 3 images to create enough dynamic range to see the floor below.

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