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HEARST CASTLE

Art and Architecture of Hearst Castle

In 1919 William Randolph Hearst hired Julia Morgan, one of the first women to receive a certificate in architecture, to design the main building and guest houses for his ranch in San Simeon, California. Mr. Hearst instructed her to build “something that would be more comfortable” than the platform tents which he previously used at the ranch. Hearst filled his breathtaking estate with thousands of works of art from around the world.

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Christmas at Hearst Castle

Every year from the end of November through the end of December, Hearst Castle is decked out in holiday splendor. View the estate as Mr. Hearst’s guests enjoyed it during the 1920s and 1930s during the Christmas season. From the large outdoor wreaths to towering trees in the large social rooms, you will enjoy this winter wonderland during the month of December.

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Hearst Castle and 1930’s Hollywood

In the 1930’s the Hearst Castle became the place to be for Hollywood celebrities among them Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant and Greta Garbo. Come hear the fascinating stories of celebrities of that time.

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The Gardens and outdoor sculptures of Hearst Castle

Bowers of magenta bougainvillea and sweet-smelling hyacinths, and rhododendrons with blooms as big as wedding bouquets—a walk through the lavish gardens at Hearst Castle hits you with sensory overload. There are numerous sculptures in the gardens. The sculpture of the goddess Sekhmet, which literally means “the powerful one,” has the body of a woman and the head of a lioness, she was the bloodthirsty daughter of Ra, the Egyptian sun-god.

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