Estr. de Benifica 370
Status: 19th Century Palace and Gardens; Open to the Public
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In 1849 the estate (Quinta) was bought by the Viscountess of Regaleira – D. Ermelinda Allen de Almeida – who had the palace constructed along with the French formal garden.
In 1859 the niece of the Viscountess sold the property to the Baron of Gloria who had made his fortune in the Portuguese Colony of Brazil. The estate remained in the Baron’s family until the 1930’s when the last Gloria passed it to her god-daughter.
Over time most of the palace’s contents were sold at auction for cash and eventually the palace and grounds were obtained by the Catholic Church in the form of the Marist Brothers. Why is it so many historical haunted locations were once owned by the Catholic Church? Well, I digress.
In the 1980’s the Municipal Council of Lisbon took over ownership of the estate with plans of restoring it to it’s original glamour. Between 1989 and 1992 the property and palace underwent a massive renovation and reconstruction by the municipal agency in charge of the study and preservation of Lisbon heritage; Gabinete de Estudos Olisiponenses (GEO). A landscape architect was also brought in to restore the gardens back to their 19th century design.
When the renovations were complete GEO moved it’s offices into the palace.
The estate is now open to the public and contains some truly amazing examples of Portuguese art.
The palace is said to be one of the most haunted houses in Europe. The Baron who haunts it is more of a prankster than anything else and has never been threatening or violent.
The palace is haunted by the original of Baron of Gloria who lived here in the 19th century. It is said that the paranormal activity is only active after dark but, as with many other locations, it is probably missed during the day amid all the hustle and bustle of the living.
His apparition is seen both in the palace and walking in the gardens.
The phantom sound of ringing bells is often heard on the estate. This is reported as paranormal because there are no bells on the property.
Doors will open and close on their own and windows have been reported as closing – very suddenly – on their own. Water will also start dripping out of taps with no contact with the living; the dripping also stops on it’s own accord.
Objects have been seen moving on their own – or simply noticed to be in a different place - as well as just disappearing altogether.
Other Activity: disembodied voices; electrical disturbances; shadow figures; light anomalies and feelings of not being alone.