Since the 16th Century it has received its present name in memory of
the fabulous palaces and gardens that Galiana, beautiful
legendary daughter of the Muslim king Galafre and wife
of Emperor Charlemagne, who inhabited this beautiful place.
During the second half of the 19th Century,
the property passed into the hands of the
last descendant of the Guzmanes who owned Galiana:
the Empress Eugene of Montijo, wife of Napoleon III.
And it was during the lifetime of Eugene of Montijo
when important figures of Spanish history and culture
became interested in this building in a state
of abandonment and sought to get it out of the deplorable
state in which it was.
Sadly, the Empress Eugene died
before the restoration could be carried out.
In 1959 the Palace was sold to Alejandro Fernández
de Araoz and his wife Carmen Marañón. Under the direction
of the prestigious architect Fernando Chueca Goitia and the
historian Manuel Gómez-Moreno, an admirable restoration
project was carried out, returning Galiana to its original
splendor. Galiana is now magnificently restored and consists
of a rectangular floor plan divided into nine vaulted rooms
and a sunken pond that reflects the magnificent architecture.
The monument was declared of Cultural Interest in 1985 and is
surrounded by a wonderful garden.