Step inside Hearst Castle, the inspiration for Citizen Kane’s Xanadu

One of the most magnificent mansions in all of California, Hearst Castle has a rich history that captivates audiences just as much as its striking architecture.

Hearst Castle is registered as a National Historic Landmark

One century after W.R. Hearst started building his opulent home, Hearst Castle is registered as a National Historic Landmark and California Historical Landmark — and is welcoming visitors who want to revel in its illustrious past.

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The end result was beyond spectacular: when it was finally completed, the Hearst estate had a total of 42 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, and 19 sitting rooms.

Hearst Castle’s many rooms and endless amenities

The Roman Pool — the castle’s indoor pool

Featuring shimmery glass mosaic tiles inspired by the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy, the pool resembles a mesmerizing sea of blue and gold.

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In its now final form, the pool is 104 feet long, surrounded by Ancient Roman Revival and Greek Revival style pavilions and colonnades with 17th-century bas-reliefs.

The exquisite outdoor Neptune Pool


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