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Hearst Castle

Not technically a castle, but it's largely what folks call the ranch-turned-state park of the publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst. The estate once stood at 240,000 acres, and while the buildings were an on-going project that never saw a completion (even after Hearst's death), construction has since ceased, and the hilltop mansion is now a preserved state park.

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Sure, they say it's not really a castle, yet, here it is, right on the entrance sign. These grand steps lead up to a mere guest house, not even the main house. Nice, eh? Hearst did enjoy the pools, and this is the main one, themed with Greek accents and art.
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The oldest pieces on the estate are the Egyptian statues, dating to be over 3,000 years old. Throughout the estate are colorful, elaborate gardens, sprinkled with marble works of art. A view of the main house, as you approach, with its Mediterranean exterior and tall bell tower.

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