Casita del Príncipe, 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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  • The park is okay, it is not very big and for me it did not pose any unique photo opportunity however it was good to spend some time there after having lunch and having visited the big Royal Site. It.....  more
    The park is okay, it is not very big and for me it did not pose any unique photo opportunity however it was good to spend some time there after having lunch and having visited the big Royal Site. It.....  more »
  • I was not able to visit the house of the prince, but the gardens. It is a beautiful place to go for a walk and observe the monastery. The pine trees are spectacular! 
    I was not able to visit the house of the prince, but the gardens. It is a beautiful place to go for a walk and observe the monastery. The pine trees are spectacular!  more »
  • This is an easy train ride. The walk up the hill was long. No matter we took lots of photos. The castle is beautifully situated on the hill side. It is huge! We enjoyed walking around and the... 
    This is an easy train ride. The walk up the hill was long. No matter we took lots of photos. The castle is beautifully situated on the hill side. It is huge! We enjoyed walking around and the...  more »
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  • Its beautiful just prepare to walk up an incline for atleast 15 minutes to get to the castle
  • Nice place very clean
  • The garden is free and has got especially nice trees. It is a good add-on to a visit to the palace.
  • Good to play.
  • Interesting eighteenth century building by the royal architect Juan del Villanueva. Interior is well-cared for. Has paintings, clocks etc. Formal gardens.

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