Casa Duque del Alba, San Lorenzo de El Escorial!

So staying in my beloved Spain and wonderful worldly San Lorenzo de El Escorial; I like to tell you more. It always amazes me of posts I make and concentrate on one major monument in the city or two leaving behind some wonderful architecturally and historically stunning buildings. This is the case of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and its Casa Duque del Alba. I like to finally tell you a bit more about it: hope you enjoy it as I.

San Lorenzo

Not much on it as it is now private rental house but the architectural and historical significance of it makes me turn to find it. We did walking the wonderful streets of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Below my translation of the tourist office.

The promoter of this building was the Duke of Arcos, Mr. Antonio Ponce de León Spínola, one of the gentile men closest to king Calos III. The trace and direction is due to the architect Manuel Machaca Vargas.

He was commissioned by the Duke of Arcos to house his family and servitude during the Royal days. His daughter, the XIII Duchess of Alba, immortalized by Goya in his paintings, will become its owner in 1784.

Its architectural configuration matches the style that Juan de Villanueva will impose on the Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, two floors and attic, being one of the few buildings of the 18C to which a third level has not been added. With the disappearance of the Royal days, the house is transformed into permanent housing, leading to its division into three parts.

Just a curiosity in the town and good for a nice walk around it; hope you enjoy it.

The tourist office take on it is here: Tourist office of San Lorenzo on the house of the Duke of Alba

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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