3 Scary Facts About Lisbon

Its Dia das Bruxas here in Portugal, for English speaking countries that is Halloween.

Activities In Portugal have provided you with 3 scary facts about Lisbon

1. The Águas Livres Aqueduct Murderer

This famous landmark stands high over Lisbon and has been supplying the city with water since 1748. The aqueduct doesn’t look very chilling but dig into its history and a horrifying story comes to light. In the 1800s Lisbons  serial-killer Diogo Alves made use of the aqueduct to hide and murder his victims. He killed a total of 76 people in 3 years of horror, in the cover of night he robbed and pushed them from the highest point, a chilling 65 metre high! In 1840, he was sentenced to death by hanging.

2. Spooky cemetery

 The Prazeres Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Lisbon, it provides a chilling introduction to Lisbon for visitors driving over the famous 25th April bridge. The cemetery was built in 1833 and boasts elaborate graves and tombs many with windows to provide a glimpse into afterlife, dare to visit?  It’s open everyday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and its free.

3. Initiation Wells at Quinta da Regaleira

Ok so I know this is in Sintra but it had to be included for its shear mystical nature.

The Initiation Wells are two wells within the grounds of Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra. These are no ordinary wells because they were never to be used as water, instead they were used for mystical and mythical ceremonial purposes.

The wells are connected by tunnels and other monuments around the park. The largest well has a 27 metre stair case leading down into the well scattered with small landings where, it is stated, that it is “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.”  At the bottom you can see a compass over a Knights Templar cross. Very little is known about the exact use of the wells but it is thought they were used for secretive initiation rites. Now that is scary s**t.

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