La Granja de San Ildefonso

 

 

Plaza de España, 17

40100 Real Sitio de San Ildefonso (Segovia)

Tel: 921- 470-019            

Web: http://www.patrimonionacional.es/Home...

 

Hours:

 

Winter hours (October to March)

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 14:30, 15:00 to 18:00H.

Sundays and holidays: 10:00 to 15:00H.

Summer hours (April to September):

Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 19:00H.

Every Monday the palace is closed.

Check the web page for garden hours.

 

This royal palace was built by Felipe V, the first Bourbon king in Spain who came from France. Felipe V fell in love with the area where the palace was built and ordered the palace to be built as his retirement home. The palace was started in 1720 and finished in 1723. French architects who worked on the palace and gardens of Versailles were used. The style was late baroque.

On the second floor, there are rooms of the king and those of the queen. All of them have beautiful crystal chandeliers, and atop the chandeliers are modern spot lights that focus on the beautiful frescoes of the ceilings. There is a lot of light in every single room, so one can appreciate the beautiful floors, the furniture, and the art work.

Downstairs are the sculpture galleries, that run the length of the building. When Queen Cristina of Sweden (there was a movie of her made by Greta Garbo) passed away in Rome, her heir did not want to keep the sculpture collection that she amassed, so the representative of Felipe V bought the whole collection at a very good price. The sculpture was brought to La Granja, but in the past the original pieces were brought to the Prado in Madrid, and they made plaster copies of the statues for La Granja. The sculptures are impressive and very beautiful.

 

Bus from Segovia to La Granja:

La Sepulvedana Bus goes between the two cities.

http://www.lagranja-valsain.com/aytor...