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Alexandria 11-14-2003 11:30 AM

Other Historic Palaces, Castles and Residences
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This thread can be used as a general discussion thread for the Spanish residences which do not have a specific thread.

Imagine Scandinavia - The 'Principado de Asturias' has presented the Palace of Selgas to Prince Felipe of Spain and his fiancee Letizia Ortiz as a present to the couple. Felipe's title is from the area and Letizia is also originally from that area. The palace will be a residence of the future King and his wife, which is located in the village of Cudillero.

Josefine 11-14-2003 11:41 AM

Palace of Selgas
are there any history about this last house...

samitude 11-14-2003 01:33 PM

Palace of Selgas
I love that house! It reminds me a tiny bit of Highgrove, Charles's home.

lula 05-26-2005 12:07 PM

It was reading and I am going to correct something. The Palace of the Selgas is not a gift of Asturias to the Princes. Before the wedding already often spoken of which the Prince had a house in Asturias, but never has happened, nor after the wedding. This palace works as a museum with restricted visits because they have important works of art.
And another thing for that does not know it, in Spain the palaces do not belong to the Royal Family, they belong to the State through a organism called National Patrimony, and the Royal Family can enjoy them but they are not its owners. It happens like with the houses of the presidents of government in other countries.

agm 07-23-2005 10:57 AM

From Corbis
Castillo de Peñafiel

agm 07-23-2005 10:59 AM

Loarre Castle, (Aragón)
From Corbis.
Castillo de Loarre.

agm 07-23-2005 11:00 AM

From Corbis
Coca Castle- Segovia

rchainho 07-27-2005 12:40 PM

The Hotel where the kings stay when they go to Baiona, Pontevedra (Spain).

agm 07-27-2005 01:55 PM

Thanks rchainho:D
Here, more from Baiona Castle

rchainho 07-28-2005 02:54 PM

Does anyone has the pics from Villa Giralda in Estoril?

lula 07-28-2005 03:05 PM

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Originally Posted by rchainho
Does anyone has the pics from Villa Giralda in Estoril?

Villa Giralda

rchainho 08-17-2005 08:37 AM


Summerings in the north of the Royal Family

In addition to in the Palace of the Magdalena in Santander, there were other attempts failed of which the Spanish Royal Family spent the summer in the north of Spain, like Galicia.

17 of August of 2005. The fact that Princes de Asturias look for a summery residence in Asturias, brings to the memory the data of the real residences been or projects aborted in the North coast of Spain. The Palace of the Magdalena of Santander was place of summering of the family of Alfonso XIII, Reina calls to account of whom kept good memory as much Eugenia Victory as its children, in special Don Juan de Borbón, Count of Barcelona. It was not óbice so that with time the Borbones undid of her, alienating it, in spite of the familiar memories that conserve and that today exhibit the University the International Menéndez Pelayo, that occupies the palace like seat.

Galicia, in their day, through promen of company and popular subscription, donated to Alfonso XIII the island of Cortegada (Pontevedra), with the commitment of which they went to spend seasons in her to relaunch the zone economically. It was not thus. The palace of the island of Cortegada never got to be constructed, but the Royal Family felt like proprietor of the island without restriction some and Don Juan, Count of Barcelona, sold it to the real estate Cortegada, gesture that extremely was criticized by the public opinion and some historians in its books like Ricardo of the Cierva. The countess of Bárcena House - according to account the grandson in his memories left writing between his papers: "the unfortunate case of the island of Cortegada", because a great fortune to its husband, the entrepreneur Augusto de Bárcena and Franco had cost, and it had to finish off the payment already being widow. Cortegada is the greater forest of laurisilva in Europe.

At sight of history it does not surprise the news that "the Principality of Asturias has resisted" to donate "a building of the public patrimony from fear of the critics of the citizenship". The experience of the past is not indeed encouraging, aside from that the King of Spain is today one of the great fortunes judging by the ranking that has been published in the foreign press.

Let us remember that pazo (palace in Gallego) of Meirás also him "gift '" to Franc, by popular subscription, with the pay of a day of the Spanish workers. The palace of Ayete, in San Sebastián, also has been host of rest of the headquarters of the Spanish State, although later the politicosocial confliction of the zone did not make it recommendable for it.

The Kings of Spain went to Majorca to enjoy the Mediterranean, a familiar sea to Reina Sofía of Greece. Now it is Letizia Ortiz, of Asturias, the one that inclines to the Prince towards its Cantabrian relative. Nothing that to object, but that everyone confronts its decisions.

rchainho 08-29-2005 12:29 PM

The hotel of the kings without crown fulfills 75 years

In the Palace of Estoril, located to 20 minutes far from the center of Lisbon and few passages from the beach, there were lodged personages like: Indira Gandhi, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Juan de Borbón and Duchess Carlota of Luxembourg, among others.

Joaquim, at that time barman of the Palace, remembered the visit of Don Juan de Borbón, father of present king Juan Carlos I of Spain, that did not need to request that it served dry to him Martini, "of regal size".

In her halls the older sister of the king of Spain, the countess of Badajoz appeared in society, Doña Pilar, and in them the wedding of Maria Pía de Saboya was celebrated, greater daughter of Humberto II. The Palace also was residence of queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, when it visited the counts of Barcelona.

Marengo 09-23-2005 11:49 AM

so any pictures of the houses of the infantas Elena, Cristina, Pilar and Margarita, or that of infante Carlos?

Elsa M. 09-23-2005 12:18 PM

This is how Infanta Cristina's new house looked like, when they bought it, about a year ago. It's a property of 2,155 square meters, located in Pedralbes (the best zone of Barcelona), which costed 8.000.000 €. The house itself measures 1,063 square meters, and it has been remodeled since then, so I believe it looks very different by now. Anyway, here are the photos from when the house belonged to the previous owner, as published by Hola:

Here's the façade of Cristina & Iñaki's new home:

Marengo 09-23-2005 01:03 PM

thanks, it looks great, though very close to the road, so not to much privacy I assume. Any pics of the places of the other infantas? Where do they live anway? All in Madrid (I belie infante Carlos and Anne of France do)?

Elsa M. 09-23-2005 01:32 PM


Originally Posted by Marengo
it looks great, though very close to the road, so not to much privacy I assume.

According to Elmundo, it is a vast property of 2,155 square meters, with swimming pool and a sport zone (tennis court, etc.). Perhaps the façade is close to the road, but it must have a large private area backwards...

Originally Posted by Marengo
Any pics of the places of the other infantas? Where do they live anway? All in Madrid (I belie infante Carlos and Anne of France do)?

Infanta Elena lives in an appartement located in the centre of Madrid. Regarding Carlos de Borbón Dos Sicilias and his wife Ana de Francia, perhaps you could take a look at the thread of the family Bourbón Dos-Sicilias:

Elsa M. 02-27-2006 10:23 AM


As it has been said to other similar threads, please use a photo host account to share your images in this thread. From now on, pictures directly attached to the forum will be deleted by the moderators, without warning to the poster.

Elsa M. 07-19-2006 04:24 PM

An update here...

Both the Infantas moved to their new homes, during the Easter vacations; Elena is now living in a bigger appartment located in the certer of Madrid, while her younger sister has moved to a large house in Pedralbes (one of the most exclusive districts of Barcelona). Here are some more photos from the front door of Cristina's house.

photofan 07-26-2006 10:43 PM

Does anyone have a pic of the castle where she lives with her parents??

Thanks in advance!

Toledo 07-26-2006 11:45 PM


Originally Posted by photofan
Does anyone have a pic of the castle where she lives with her parents??

Thanks in advance!

If you mean the Asturias family, they live in a mansion recently build within the area of Zarzuela Palace. I think I can find a PDF file I know I have of the structure plans.
I''ll be back in a minute...
5 minutes later, I lost the location but found this from 2002 about their home called The Prince's Pavillion (in spanish)

agm 04-03-2007 08:10 PM

From Gettyimages
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos (L, white shirt, dark trousers), listens to explanations by Havana's historian Eusebio Leal (in gray outfit) about the throne of a Spanish King, during a visit to a museum in Old Havana, on April 3rd, 2007.

Harold 09-18-2007 03:04 PM

Alcazar of Sevilla
When I was in Seville several years ago and toured the Alcazar, I seem to recall being told that it still served as a working royal palace when a member of the royal family was in town. Is this correct? Do the Spanish royals still use it? Thanks.

lula 09-18-2007 03:23 PM

The Royal Family used it when Infant Elena married in the city, also in the Universal Exhibition of 1992 and sometimes they can use it in some official act in the city, but they do not use it of habitual form.

ep1234 10-22-2007 12:59 PM

Does anyone have any photos of the private areas in the princes house. Like leonors room.

janelarn 01-14-2008 06:50 PM

janelarn 01-14-2008 06:51 PM

Excume me:Palacio real de Riofrio

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Paty 10-30-2008 05:10 PM

Royal Palace of La Almudaina, (Mallorca)
This is the Palace where take place the traditional farewell dinner with the main authorities of the government of the Balearic Islands.

Futher Information:
Palacios Reales: Palacio Real de la Almudaina


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Paty 10-31-2008 09:02 AM

This Castle was built in XI Century by King Sancho III

Official web Page of Loarre Castle ( In Spanish).
Castillo de Loarre joya del románico aragonés

Information In English:
Loarre Castle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Loarre Castle

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The castle was used in the 2005 Ridley Scott film Kingdom of Heaven.

Marengo 03-04-2009 09:30 AM

San Telmo -or Montpensier- Palace (Seville)
The Palacio of San Telmo in Seville has been bought by Prince Antoine of France, Duke of Montpensier and his wife infanta Luisa of Spain (sister of Queen Isabel II). The duke bought the palace in 1844 but was already built in 1682. The original function of the building was to house a seafearing school. The explains the origin of the name San Telmo, as he is the patron of sailors. The school could only occupy the building in 1734 because architect Antonio Matías needed that time to work on all the details. The palace is considered as the finest example of baroque architecture in Seville. Today, the local government of Andalusia uses the palace.

In 1897 the palace was donated the the archdiocese. The gardens were donated to the city of Seville by princess Maria Luisa, which explains the name of the parc: parque de Maria Luisa.


Facade 2


Parc 1

Parc 2

Marengo 03-04-2009 09:36 AM

The interior of the palace, here.

Great view from the river, here.

Two older pictures, copyrights expired:

Pulaski 03-15-2009 03:52 PM

Dear Friends, Can anyone give me information about visiting La Casita de Arriba at or near Escorial? I believe it is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays, but I need to know the hours it is open, available public transportation and so forth. We plan to be in Madrid on May 23 and would like to visit then. Any information will be very much appreciated.

chuchu 03-15-2009 06:55 PM


Originally Posted by Pulaski (Post 908217)
Dear Friends, Can anyone give me information about visiting La Casita de Arriba at or near Escorial? I believe it is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays, but I need to know the hours it is open, available public transportation and so forth. We plan to be in Madrid on May 23 and would like to visit then. Any information will be very much appreciated.

I found this on the web.
Casita del Infante
Royal Monastery and Palace of the Escorial
El Escorial

Open Closed 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00
Closed 18:45 18:45 18:45 18:45 18:45 18:45
Always closed on:
Madrid Day - Spain (May 2)
Adult Admission Cost
Concession or reduced rate Discount
Only opened during Holy Week and August, closed rest of the year.

an10 04-23-2009 08:37 AM

Casa Palacio Hernán Cortés, (Seville)
Hernán Cortés´s palace; placed in Castilleja de la Cuesta, only 5 minutes from Seville (Spain), was the last residence from the conquest of mexico.

This building from the XVI century, with neomudéjar style, was later bougth by the duchy of Montpensier one of the most important families of Seville. Even if their residence used to be the Palacio de San Telmo, this palace was used as their summer house.

When their daugter Maria of Orleans was married with the king Alfonso XII she received the palace as a gift, but after her suddenlly dead , the building was given to Maria de las Mercedes ( princess of asturias), one of the king´s daugthers.

Finally the buiding was sell by Maria de las Mercedes to the irish nuns, whom from 1903 until now run a public school inside the palace.


Paty 02-12-2010 06:05 AM

Official web page of Alcazar de Sevilla. Here you can find good info and photos of the Alcazar.

Real Alcazar de Sevilla - General

The origing of the Alcazar dated form the X Century in times of Abd Al-Rahman III, first Caliph of Andalucia (Al-Andalus at that time)
Info of its origing

An Ard Ri 08-04-2010 06:48 PM

Are there any new photo's of the homes of the Infanta's Elena & Cristina ?

Marengo 10-29-2010 08:20 AM

Noblesse & Royautes has some pictures of the royal palace of Santander:

Le Palais royal de la Magdalena à Santander | Noblesse & Royautés

The palace was built in 1908 by the city as a wedding present for king Alfonso XIII and Queen Ena. In 1977 it was sold by the count of Barcelona to the city of Santander.

CyrilVladisla 04-03-2014 07:45 PM

Ponferrada Castle is located in El Bierzo, in the Province of Leon, Spain.

Ponferrada Castle is a Templar castle (Castillo Templario).
The castle was built by the Templar Knights in the 1100s to protect the pilgrims on the Way of St. James.
Ponferrada Castle was built over what was once a pre-Roman fort.

The castle has an irregular plan with double line of defense on the side facing the city of Ponferrada and only one facing the river Sil.
Ponferrada Castle's interior is divided in two different parts.
The Galician nobleman, Pedro Fernandez de Castro built the old castle.
The new castle was built by the Count of Lemos, Pedro Alvarez de Osorio and his grandson.

In 1486 Ponferrado Castle became property of the Crown. :crown7:
The Royal Castle of Olite is a former castle of the kings of Navarre, situated in northern Spain.

The first Olite Castle had been designated the "palace of the kings of Navarre" in 13th century documents.
It had been laid out on the site of a Roman praetorium of the 1st century A.D.
Olite Castle served as a residence for the governors during the kings' long absences in the country of France.

Queen Joanna II (reigned 1328-1349) and King Philip III of Evreux (reigned 1328-1343) and King Charles II (reigned 1349-1387) made improvements to Olite Castle.

King Charles III (reigned 1387-1425) and his wife, Queen Eleanor had additional improvements made to Olite Castle.
The French artists Jacob le Cote and Juan du Ruisel collaborated on the decoration.
Glass painters came from Aragon and Flanders.
In 1850, the city of Ponferrada began to sell the stones of the castle to build the walls of other buildings.

In 1924 the Templar Castle in Ponferrada was declared a National Monument and Historic Art.

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