Casita del Príncipe (El Escorial)

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House of the Prince
Native name
Spanish: Casita del Príncipe
Casita del Príncipe 1.jpg
Location El Escorial, Spain
Coordinates 40°35′04″N 4°08′11″W / 40.584379°N 4.136514°W / 40.584379; -4.136514Coordinates: 40°35′04″N 4°08′11″W / 40.584379°N 4.136514°W / 40.584379; -4.136514
Architectural style(s) Neoclassical
Official name: Casita del Príncipe
Type Non-movable
Criteria Monument
Designated 1992
Reference no. RI-51-0007308
Casita del Príncipe (El Escorial) is located in Spain
Casita del Príncipe (El Escorial)
Location of House of the Prince in Spain

The House of the Prince (Spanish: Casita del Príncipe) is an eighteenth-century building located in El Escorial, Spain. It was designed by the neoclassical architect Juan de Villanueva as the private residence of the heir to the Spanish throne Charles, Prince of Asturias. It was constructed in the 1770s.

The word casita is the diminutive of the Spanish word for "house". Such buildings gave their royal occupants the opportunity to escape some of the formalities of court life. The Petit Trianon at Versailles offers a French example of the phenomenon.

The building and its gardens are set in parkland.


The artwork inside includes a Sala de Porcelana on the upper floor. This room features jasperware plaques in neoclassical style. Reminiscent of the work of the English Wedgwood company, the plaques were made in Madrid in the 1790s by the Real Fábrica del Buen Retiro.[1]


The building was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1992.[citation needed]

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Related buildings[edit]

  • Casita del Príncipe (El Pardo): Villanueva designed another building called Casita del Príncipe, for the same royal client. This later building is also in the proximity of a royal palace, that of El Pardo.[2]
  • Casita del Infante: Villaneuva designed another house in El Escorial, the Casita del Infante, for the Prince's younger brother Gabriel.


  1. ^ "Sala de Porcelana de la Casita del Príncipe". Centro Virtual Cervantes. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "La Casita del Príncipe tiene llave nueva". El País. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 

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