The castle Hearst built

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The castle Hearst built

Tours enchant at hilltop estate above California coast
On newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst’s 165-room estate in San Simeon, Calif., ancient Roman columns, dating from the first to fourth centuries, surround his Neptune Pool.
A light fixture hangs in Hearst Castle. William Randolph Hearst filled his coastal California getaway with priceless art and artifacts, from centuries-old statues to Tiffany lamps and antique ceilings.
William Randolph Hearst called his hilltop estate, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, La Cuesta Encantada (The Enchanted Hill).
William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon castle was finished in 1947, after 28 years of construction.
The indoor Roman pool at the Hearst Castle features blue tile.
Visitors tour the dining room of Hearst Castle. After a five-mile bus ride to the estate, tours last about 40 minutes.
Doge’s Suite, a guest room in the Hearst Castle inspired by the Doge’s Palace in Venice, features this intricate ceiling design.
William Randolph Hearst once boasted the world’s largest private zoo. Today, zebras roam the castle grounds.

The castle Hearst built

On newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst’s 165-room estate in San Simeon, Calif., ancient Roman columns, dating from the first to fourth centuries, surround his Neptune Pool.
A light fixture hangs in Hearst Castle. William Randolph Hearst filled his coastal California getaway with priceless art and artifacts, from centuries-old statues to Tiffany lamps and antique ceilings.
William Randolph Hearst called his hilltop estate, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, La Cuesta Encantada (The Enchanted Hill).
William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon castle was finished in 1947, after 28 years of construction.
The indoor Roman pool at the Hearst Castle features blue tile.
Visitors tour the dining room of Hearst Castle. After a five-mile bus ride to the estate, tours last about 40 minutes.
Doge’s Suite, a guest room in the Hearst Castle inspired by the Doge’s Palace in Venice, features this intricate ceiling design.
William Randolph Hearst once boasted the world’s largest private zoo. Today, zebras roam the castle grounds.
If you go

HEARST CASTLE: San Simeon, Calif., www.hearstcastle.org or (800) 444-4445. About 235 miles from Los Angeles and 245 miles from San Francisco. Tours daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Reservations strongly suggested, bookable online up to 56 days in advance. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $12 for children, with discounts for multiple tours same day. The three basic tours are about 40 minutes each; specialty tours are longer and more expensive.

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