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The Real Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso is one of the residences of the Spanish Royal Family, placed in the from Segovia locality of San Ildefonso. It is managed by National heritage and opened to the public.

The Real Place of The Farm is placed in the north slope of the Guadarrama, to approximately 60 kilometers of Madrid. His name comes from an ancient farm that the monks jer鏮imos of the from Segovia monastery of The Vine arbour had here.

The palace was constructed during the reign of your Majesty King Felipe V of Spain, who remained impressed of the local beauty during a hunt. The King, who wanted to move away from the old man Alc嫙ar de los Austrias, arranged to Teodoro Ardemans the construction of a small baroque palace with big gardens. Although the works began in 1721, proper Felipe V arranged progressive enlargement of the palace, up to turning it what would be his " Small Versailles ". Since then and up to the reign of your Majesty King Alfonso XIII the palace would turn into the summer residence of the Kings of Spain.

In the ground floor of this palace there was showing itself the collection of sculptures of Cristina de Suecia, which this queen, after abdicating, had assembled in his exile in Rome. They were acquired by Felipe V and heightened with stands, which still survive in the original spaces. The sculptures were moved in the XIXth century to the Prado Museum and replaced by reproductions in cast. These lounges decorated with stuccoes of false marble, have recovered his beauty after a recent restoration.


Real Gardens of the Farm

With an extension of six kilometers, the gardens surround the palace and they are one of the best examples of the design of gardens of the Europe of the XVIIIth century.

They were designed by the French gardener Ren Carlier, who used the natural slopes of the hills that surround the palace as help for the visual perspective and as source of energy to make to sprout the water of each of twenty-six monumental sources that decorate the park.

Two Ws with different frontages.

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