Casita de Infante, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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The Casita del Infante is a historic building in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain, constructed as a private home for the Infante Gabriel of Spain, hence its name. The small residence was built during the late 18th century during the reign of his father Charles III of Spain. The Casita was built in an era where it was popular for nobles and Royalty to have a small "hideaway" to entertain informally; the most famous example of this is Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon.HistoryThe Casita was built near the Renaissance monastery-palace of El Escorial between 1771 and 1773. The building was designed in Neoclassical style by the prominent architect Juan de Villanueva whose best-known building is the Museo del Prado in Madrid. Villanueva also designed the Casita del Príncipe, the private residence of Gabriel's older brother Infante Charles, Prince of Asturias. The two "casitas" form a pair, with the Casita del Infante having the alternative name of the Casita de Arriba (the upper casita) indicating its position relative to the Casita del Principe.Patrimonial Nacional, the state agency for Spanish royal sites, is responsible for managing the property, which is open to the public. The gardens of the building were designed in the Italian style and still remain today even if they are slightly less lavish. Sadly, the original decoration has been lost; one ceiling can still be seen and was painted by Vicente Gómez; the ceiling shows the Four Seasons.
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  • I visited this place with my friends and we loved it. Neoclassical style, beautiful graden and amazing view. It’s also near the Renaissance monastery-palace of El Escorial. 
    I visited this place with my friends and we loved it. Neoclassical style, beautiful graden and amazing view. It’s also near the Renaissance monastery-palace of El Escorial.  more »
  • The walk to the Casita de Infante is about a 30 minutes. Don't expect too much. We went around the end of Apr. There were large Magnolia trees, climbing roses and other perennial plants, however they....  more
    The walk to the Casita de Infante is about a 30 minutes. Don't expect too much. We went around the end of Apr. There were large Magnolia trees, climbing roses and other perennial plants, however they....  more »
  • Lovely little garden around the small house built for Infante of Spain in XVIII century. It is free of charge, a short walk from the Monastery of El Escorial. The view of the monastery is simply... 
    Lovely little garden around the small house built for Infante of Spain in XVIII century. It is free of charge, a short walk from the Monastery of El Escorial. The view of the monastery is simply...  more »
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  • Beautiful monument in San Lorenzo de el Escorial. It's full of history and architecture that are very well maintained. Definitely a must if you are near Madrid
  • Maravilloso Palacio con jardines agradables donde puedes rematar el día después de ver el Monasterio de San Lorenzo de el Escorial. Lo puedes visitar con explicación guiada reservando las entradas desde las taquillas del Monasterio de escasa duración, a penas media horita.
  • Lugar bonito, com uma história interessante, mas sem muito para fazer. Bom para passar um tempo em paz, ler e admirar a natureza. Uma bela vista do Monastério. Jardim bonito e bem cuidado, mas não considero imprescindível se estiver em El Escorial.
  • Muy bien situada, pero fui expresamente para verla y alli no habia nadie. Mejor que la cierren.
  • Tranquilo y fresco un relajo increible

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