15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Stairway to Heaven

This photo is showing the Initiatic Well at Quinta de Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal. The well is a “subterranean tower” that descends into the earth. Walking up the spiral staircase resembles walking towards heaven. A powerful feeling overcomes you when you look up towards the sky.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Sintra, Portugal
Camera: DSC-WX350
Copyright: © Tiffani Montelione