History

Welcome to the Palace of Galiana

Ideally situated on the bank of the Tagus River, with beautiful views of Toledo, the palace of Galiana, known in Arabic as "Almunia Regia" or King's orchard, was originally built in the 11th century by the famous Islamic monarch Al Ma'mun.

The palace is the backdrop to many romantic love stories: Firstly between the French Emperor Charlemagne and the beautiful Galiana, daughter of the Moorish King Galafré, (hence the name Galiana), then between the Jewess Rachel and Alfonso VIII of Castile.

During the siege of Toledo by the Almoravids in the first half of the 12th century, the palace suffered much damage. It was probably rebuilt under King Alfonso X, "the learned" who received in Galiana in 1254 the first Nazrid monarch of Granada, Muhammad I, and later Princess Christine of Norway. Galiana was subsequently passed from one monarch to another until in the 14thcentury when it was granted to the brotherhood of Santa Lucía, and then to the monks of Saint Jerome.

The monks sold the property to Doña Beatriz de Silva, an illustrious Portuguese lady resident in Toledo, married to Alvar Perez de Guzmán, whose coats-of-arms are displayed on the palace wall. In the second half of the 19th century the Empress Eugenia de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III, owned the palace.


In 1959 her heirs sold it to Alejandro Fernández de Araoz and his wife Carmen Marañón who carried out an admirable restoration of the property under the direction of the architect Fernando Chueca Goitia, and the art historian Manuel Gomez-Moreno restoring Galiana to it's previous splendor.

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