You may have seen photos of Hearst Castle, AKA La Cuesta Encantada (Spanish for “Enchanted Hill”) all over the internet. Located in San Simeon, California it was created to house and showcase George Hearst’s legendary art collection. While I am sure there are a lot of impressive paintings on the walls, or whatever, it’s summer, and hot as balls. Thus, I would much rather take a look at the gorgeous Roman pool, also known as the azure pool, for people who are only pinterested in pretty pictures.
The Roman pool was built between 1927-1934, and is gorgeously decorated and tiled in hues of blue and gold, reminiscent of ancient Roman baths like the Baths of Carcalla, Rome. The tiles themselves are called “smalti”, or glass tiles colored blue, orange, or clear infused with gold. The mosaic designs are styled after patterns found in the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy. I don’t know if that means anything to you, but long story short, it is inspired by the work of some beautiful and ancient artisans.
The pool is surrounded by 8 statues of Roman gods, goddesses, and heroes and keeps up the theme with marine monster themes throughout.
The best news of all is that Hearst Castle offers daily tours, but is also available for rentals. So if you have a big wedding coming up, and your father’s pockets are deep, push for Hearst Castle, and you might just end up elbowing your new husband into the Roman Pool. Just thinking about the instagramming opportunities makes my heart flutter.via ] [ via ] [ via ] [ via ] [ via ]