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Hearst Castle

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Built on the rugged Pacific coast of central California at San Simeon, Hearst Castle sits on 270,000 acres (1093 sq.km.) at an elevation of 1600 feet (488m). It consists of the main house (Casa Grande), three guest houses, outdoor and indoor Roman Pools, and a tennis court, all on 127 acres of gardens, terraces, and walkways.

Casa Grande is large, with 115 rooms including 38 bedrooms and 41 bathrooms in 60,645 square feet of space. The three separate guest houses average 3600 sq.ft. and six bedrooms each.

Construction was started in the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951), who owned one of the largest communication companies in the world, which included up to 35 newspapers and 16 magazines (Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping), and produced more than 100 films. The film "Citizen Kane" is based on his life.

Guests to the estate included Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Lionel and John Barrymore, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Erroll Flynn, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, David Niven, and Howard Hughes.

In 1957, the Hearst Corporation gave the Castle to the state of California to create a State Historical Monument, which is open to the public.
Room in the main house
Room in the main house
The outdoor Roman pool.
The outdoor Roman pool.
On the grounds
On the grounds
The indoor Roman pool
The indoor Roman pool
Walking around
Walking around
On a dining table
On a dining table
Statue
Statue
Pool statues
Pool statues
Ceiling
Ceiling
In the garden
In the garden
One of the 115 rooms
One of the 115 rooms
Lights at the indoor pool
Lights at the indoor pool
Pool steps
Pool steps
Walkway
Walkway
Ocean view
Ocean view
Lampshade detail
Lampshade detail
Life preserver at the pool
Life preserver at the pool
Room detail
Room detail
Found in the kitchen
Found in the kitchen
In the garden
In the garden
Desk
Desk
From a patio
From a patio
Rooster
Rooster
Garden
Garden
Statue
Statue
Indoor pool
Indoor pool