The Hearst Castle is perched high above the Pacific Ocean at San Simeon, California. The castle was built by William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan. The project began in 1919 and lasted thirty years. The main house consists of 115 spectacular rooms. I can’t even begin to describe the awe-inspiring detail in each of the rooms. The estate is also home to the largest private zoo in the country. Exotic animals still wander throughout the hilltop property. The castle was built to serve as a weekend retreat for Hearst.
Looking out toward the Pacific Ocean from the castle.
Stairs to the main house.
Marble statues surround the outdoor pool.
Indoor pool. Each tiny mosaic tile on the walls and in the pool is made from 23 carat gold. Famous guests, such as Winston Churchill, Joan Crawford, Charles Lindbergh, and Cary Grant often enjoyed a weekend swim. In fact, Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) made a few dives from the balcony above.
Fountain in front of the Gothic Study
Seals lounge on a nearby beach front.
Thanks to author Terry Odell for sending this photo of Fat Albert, a weaner.
Until today, I thought this was a weiner.
Sunset at San Simeon.