Casa del Labrador
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|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Location||Community of Madrid, Spain|
|Part of||Aranjuez Cultural Landscape|
|Inscription||2001 (25th session)|
The Casa del Labrador is a neoclassical palace in Aranjuez, Spain. The name means "house of the farm labourer", although it was intended for royal use. A relatively small building, it was designed to complement the Royal Palace, providing a place for the royal family to spend the day without some of the customary restrictions of court life.
A cartouche on the facade gives the date as 1803. The work was completed by Isidro González Velázquez.
The French designer Jean-Démosthène Dugourc, who entered Charles IV's service after the French Revolution broke out, made an important contribution to the interior decorations.
Access and conservation
The Casa del Labrador is set in gardens called the Jardín del Príncipe bordering the River Tagus. The gardens have been designated a Jardín Histórico and access is free of charge. There is a charge to visit the building, which is in the care of Patrimonio Nacional.
In 1993 the building was listed on the Spanish heritage register as a Bien de Interés Cultural under the name "Casita del Labrador". Since 2001 it has been conserved as part of a World Heritage Site, the Aranjuez Cultural Landscape.
There are similar properties near other royal palaces in the Madrid area.
This building was designed for Charles IV before he became king.