Casa Duque del Alba in San Lorenzo de El Escorial !

Let me take you back to wonderful San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and my dear Spain 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 the Casa Duque del Alba. I like to update this older post and tell you a bit more about it, Hope you enjoy it as I.

The House of the Duke of Alba is now a private rental house but the architectural and historical significance of it makes me turn to find it. We did walked the wonderful streets of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.  The information in the tourist office reads like this….


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. This is wonderful architecture and great historical monument to just walk by or even rent a room ! The town is great for a nice walk ; and the house is worth the detour me think.

The San Lorenzo de El Escorial tourist office on the house

There you go folks, another dandy in my Spain ,and beautiful San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the Comunidad de Madrid region, Enjoy the Casa del Duque de Alba!

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

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