Royal Site of La Granja de San Ildefonso. Royal Palace and Gardens

La Granja de San Ildefonso. Royal Palace and Gardens La Granja of San Ildefonso is placed only 13 km away of Segovia. There you can find a Royal palace and its beautiful gardens and fountains. The royal palace was ordered to be built in the XVIIIth century by Felipe V, the first Borbón of Spain. The first intention of the king was to built a residence without luxuries, to rest and to hunt. Later, Felipe V and his second wife Elizabeth from Farnese embellished and enlarged the palace. The king moved back to this place in 1724 and during twenty following years he made the gardens and the palace bigger. The palace was used like summer residence by all its successors up Alfonso XIII period. The gardens are some of the best examples that today survive from the gardens of the XVIIIth century. It raised its construction in accordance with the French tastes. The fountains are known especially by its water playing, which compose with its fountains and statues wonderful and amazing spectacles. From all the fountains stand out the Fame,  or the baroque one of the Baths of Diana, that of Latona, with its thinnest fountains, the magnificent Horse racing, or the impressive Cascade opposite to the palace front. The water play of thsi fountains can be seen in spring, from Holy Week. We can realize visit according your time. Depending on the same one, we will be able to realize visit of the interior of the Palace and part of the Gardens and fountains.

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Riofrio. Palacio Real

Palacio Real de Riofrio   Riofrio. está situado a poco más de 10 kms de Segovia. Alli encontramos un gran bosque con gamos y ciervos en libertad y un palacio Real Esta finca era propiedad del Marqués de Paredes y empezó a ser alquilada por Felipe V y su segunda esposa Isabel de Farnesio como coto de caza. El Palacio de Riofrio fue mandado construir por Isabel de Farnesio , la cual quería construirse un palacio privado.  Pensaba que iba a quedar privada del Palacio de la Granja cuando se quedo viuda. Cuando muere Fernando VI, Isabel de Farnesio fue llamada a ocupar la regencia. Trasladó su residencia al Palacio Real de La Granja: Riofrio acabó convirtiéndose en pabellón de caza, paró las obras en el mismo. El Palacio de Riofrío quedó incorporado al Patrimonio de la Corona por Carlos III, tras el fallecimiento de la reina viuda en 1766. Por tanto el palacio solo sirvió como pabellón de caza en el siglo XVIII y XIX . Sólo residieron en él personas reales durante cortos períodos en la segunda mitad del XIX, especialmente el rey consorte don Francisco de Asís y Alfonso XII cuando enviudó, correspondiendo a estas épocas la decoración interior y el mobiliario Se trata de un edificio cuadrangular de grandes dimensiones, austero y sobrio, pero con un interior de arquitectura barroca. Destaca en él su escalera principal, dividida en dos gemelas y simétricas. En su interior, el Palacio alberga el Museo de caza con dioramas sobre especies cinegéticas españolas.  

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Sepulveda

Sepulveda Since 1951, Sepúlveda has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site. Sepúlveda is known as the Villa de las Siete Puertas. Fortified city during the Middle Ages, it still retains stretches of its wall dating from the 10th century. Stretching the sections of the Barbican and the Postiguillo. Between its doors they excel the one of the Azogue or Ecce Homo, the one of the Force, or the one of the River considered the main one of the Villa. The image of the main square of Sepulveda has as unequaled background the castle erected by Count Fernán González almost a thousand years ago. In its term is part of the Natural Park of the Sickles of the Duratón River and in the locality is the Interpretation Center of the Hoces del Duratón (located in the Church of Santiago)

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