Liria Palace

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The Liria Palace (Spanish: Palacio de Liria) is a building in Madrid. It is the personal property of the House of Alba.

The palace was commissioned by Duke of Berwick. He was also Duke of Liria. In the early 19th century, it passed to 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 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. The reconstruction used his plans, even though he died before then.[2]

As of 2012, the owner of the palace was the 18th Duchess of Alba. She lived in Seville. The main resident of the palace was her son and heir Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 14th Duke of Huéscar.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 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).