San Ildefonso

San Ildefonso

[sahn eel-de-fawn-saw]
noun
a town in central Spain, near Segovia: termed the “Spanish Versailles” for its 18th-century palace (La Granja) treaty 1800.
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San Ildefonso (Spanish san ildeˈfɔnso)
 
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Also called: La Granja a town in central Spain, near Segovia: site of the 18th-century summer palace of the kings of Spain

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san ildefonso

town, south-central Segovia provincia (province), in southern Castile-Leon comunidad autonoma (autonomous community), central Spain. The town is surrounded by a dense forest and lies at the foot of the Penalara Mountains, just southeast of Segovia city. Founded (c. 1450) by Henry IV as a summer retreat, the town was given to the Hieronymite monks in 1477 by the Roman Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. It was subsequently sold by them in 1720 to Philip V, the first Bourbon king of Spain, who planned to build a summer palace there that would rival those at Versailles, France, and Parma, Italy

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