Liria Palace

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Liria Palace
Native name
Spanish: Palacio de Liria
Palacio de Liria (Madrid) 02.jpg
North-east façade of Liria Palace
Location Madrid, Spain
Architect Ventura Rodriguez, Edwin Lutyens
Official name: Palacio de Liria
Criteria Monument

The Liria Palace (Spanish: Palacio de Liria) is a neoclassical palace in Madrid, Spain. Built around 1770 to a design by the architect Ventura Rodríguez, it was commissioned by Duke of Berwick who was also Duke of Liria. In the early 19th century it passed to the inheritance of the House of Alba. Eugénie de Montijo, last empress consort of the French, died here in exile in 1920. All but the facades were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.[1] It was subsequently rebuilt by Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 17th Duke of Alba and his daughter Cayetana. The British architect Edwin Lutyens provided some designs for the interior, and the reconstruction, although it took place after his death, used his plans.[2]

According to a 2012 article in the New York Times, main resident of the palace was Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 14th Duke of Huéscar, the son and heir of the 18th Duchess of Alba.[1] Although the Duchess' official residence was the Liria Palace, she preferred the Palacio de las Dueñas in Seville where she died in 2014.


Art collection[edit]

The building is protected under Spanish heritage law as a listed monument,[3] and some of the moveable art works it contains are also protected as Properties of Cultural Interest.

The palace contains a remarkable private collection of European art. In 2012 there was an exhibition of works from the art collection in the Cibeles Palace. Usually, it is necessary to apply to visit the Liria Palace to see its art collection.[4]

The collection includes:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Minder, Raphael (November 2012). "Unmasking a Family's Treasures". New York Times. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lutyens in Spain". AA Files No. 3. Architectural Association. January 1983.  Accessed 27 May 2014 via JSTOR www.jstor.org, (subscription required).
  3. ^ Palacio de Liria. Database of Bienes culturales
  4. ^ A visit to the Liria Palace. Lopez Linares

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Coordinates: 40°25′40″N 3°42′45″W / 40.4277°N 3.7124°W / 40.4277; -3.7124