The Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, is a massive estate built by the new tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
Built and filled with items from all over the world, Hearst entertained the who’s-who of the world from politicians to movie stars.
The castle and the grounds were gifted to the State of California as a museum, and visitors are welcome to enter and tour – with a fee of course.
One of the gorgeous statues in the Hearst Castle courtyard
Inside the Castle
It’s a terribly composed shot, but it gives an idea of some of the grandeur to be found within the Casa Grande at Hearst Castle
This looks just like Mom’s kitchen, with about 30 extra chairs!
This statue greets visitors to Hearst Castle
On one side of the courtyard you have the Pacific Ocean, on the other side you have a vast expanse of rolling green hills
An expansive, and expensive view from the courtyard of the Hearst Castle
A lion statue at the Hearst Castle
A solitary statue at the Hearst Castle stands out against a typical Central California cloudless sky
Hold my Hand
A whimsical cherubic statue reaching to the sky
Balcony with a View
This gilded balcony has a gorgeous view out over Hearst Bay and the Pacific Ocean
Casa Grande – the Big House at Hearst Castle
Wonderful geometry in one of the fountains at the Hearst Castle
The grandiose staircase and statues at the Neptune Pool
Everywhere you look at the Hearst Castle, you find small touches such as this cherub on the base of a pedestal
The rarely-used Roman Pool at Hearst Castle.
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