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I Wonder Why...?

I will be writing about aspects of Spanish history and their traditions. I am a very curious person and have always needed to know "why" they do it, and "how" it came about. So over the years while living in Spain I have made a conscious effort to discover "el porque de las cosas" and I will be sharing them with you. I hope you find it as fascinating as I do.

The Queen's Spanish Getaway
Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 9:42 PM

 

Queen Elizabeth II started spending her summers in San Sebastian in the mid-twentieth century when bathing in the Bay of Biscay became fashionable among high society. But the close link between the city and royalty became even closer when, after Queen Maria Christina's husband Alfonso XII died, she moved the Court here during the summer. The royal family's summer visits called for a royal country house, and the Queen commissioned the English architect Selden Wornum to design one. The site chosen was a large estate that overlooked the bay, where the San Sebastián El Antiguo Monastery formerly stood.

Opened in 1893, the Miramar Palace is a proper English-style house and also includes some neo-Gothic decorative elements. It still has some of the original rooms, such as the White Room, the Music Room, the Wooden Drawing Room, the Petit Salon, the Library and the Royal Dining Room. Currently owned by the city council, summer courses run by the University of the Basque Country are held there, and it is the headquarters of Musikene, the Basque Country Centro Superior de Música (Higher School of Music), which does not prevent it from being the venue for parties during the Film Festival.

  

 

 



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PablodeRonda said:
Friday, September 2, 2022 @ 6:30 AM

Fascinating. I didn't know that although I lived in San Sebastián for six months in 1971 and spent the following three summers there.
I think I was probably more interested in the pintxos, the wine (txacoli) and the beach (Playa de la Concha) than I was in the royal family.
BTW, I heard on RTVE news yesterday that San Seb has the most expensive real estate in the whole of Spain. So I won't be moving there anytime soon.

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