Hearst Castle Pictures

Hearst Castle Pictures - if you were to do a search for images of this beautiful and popular attraction, you would find that most of them were taken of the same subjects from the same vantage points. We offer here, for your viewing pleasure, some unusual pictures that explore the amazing detail and richness of William Randolph's "little" house on the hill.



Hearst Castle four famous images
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The easiest way to view all 30 of the photos on this page: Click on any of the images and a gallery will open with larger sized pictures. You can scroll back and forth through them with the L/R arrow keys.

The collage of the photos above are practically the same for every visitor to Hearst Castle. Let me be clear at the outset; I'm not trying to be sarcastic or condescending here. I have also taken these standard and usual photos myself. It's great to have your own reminder of YOUR visit to this one-of-a-kind mansion.

My purpose for this page is to present for you some of the seldom seen or photographed places and detail so that you may have a better sense of Hearst Castle whether you have visited here previously or plan to do so in the future.

I have looked through thousands of photos and selected some of the best. I trust you will enjoy the show...

(The above four photos are all creative commons licensed and found on Flickr. Clockwise from upper left the subject and photographer: Roman pool, newchaos; Terrace above the Neptune pool, Nathan Wong; the Neptune pool, kangotraveler; and the Main Hall exterior, heydrienne.)

Evening panorama of the Neptune Pool
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This fantastic picture is of a familiar subject, the Neptune Pool, but taken at an unfamiliar time for most visitors. A few times throughout the year, the Castle is opened for evening tours and this was taken on one of those. Just after sunset, you can see the fading glow of Venus' belt through the the columns. If you want to see some more excellent photos of Central California, I would suggest that you click and view this photographer's photo page on Flickr (opens in new tab).

The dining room at Hearst Castle decorated for Christmas
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Another familiar subject at an unfamiliar season, the dining hall, at Christmas time. The tours at this time of year are very popular. For more photos of the Castle at Christmastime, see my page here.

Detail of the Christmas decorations in the dining hall
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Hearst Castle Pictures of Exteriors:

1930's vintage fire truck
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A nicely restored 1930's vintage fire truck/pumper. If you have a property this size, you definitely need your own fire department.

View over the Neptune Pool to the mountains
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It's easy in a place like Hearst Castle to ignore the scenery beyond the spectacular buildings. This picture looks NW out over Piedra Blanca Ranch all the way into Monterey County. Quite a view.

Moorish style harem window
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Known as a "harem window", these features allowed the women of the harem to view life on the street below without being able to be observed.

Hearst filled numerous warehouses with his purchases of architecture and art from Europe and later had these artifacts incorporated here at the castle.

The ceiling of the peristyle surrounding the Neptune Pool
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The highly detailed ceiling of the porch around the Neptune Pool.

Detailed wood carvings surround a balcony
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Before we move this Hearst Castle pictures tour indoors, one last look at some of the ornate decorations on this building.

Art deco clock
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Room with vellum lampshades
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Lampshades made with vellum pages of an old monastic antiphonale. The print on these books were large so that one book could be used for a number of monks.

A choir stall
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A choir stall. Monks would sit here with two rows of these on either side of the monastic church and from here they would chant their prayers at different hours of the day and night.

Fabulous lamp holder
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A lamp holder in the private movie theater

Guest suite bathroom
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Guest room tapestry and headboard
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A portion of the large kitchen
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If you have lots of guests, you need a large kitchen. This is only a portion. Hearst also had his own wine cellar.

What you see in this room is what the rest of the Castle is underneath. Julia Morgan extensively used concrete to build and then covered it with all those thousands of artifacts that Hearst bought throughout the world.

Kitchen dish washing area
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Decorative faucets in the kitchen
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Dining room place setting with monogrammed paper napkin
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Hearst had some peculiar notions - one was to only use paper napkins, and the other was that ketchup and mustard were always to be on the table no matter what was being served.

Hearst Castle dining table condiments
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Hearst Castle apothecary
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When you're 50 miles from the nearest hospital, you need a good supply of remedies.

Hearst Castle Pictures of ceilings...

Painted and patterned ceiling
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To us these days, ceilings are mundane and an after thought. "Paint it the same color as the walls".

Not so for Hearst...here is one of the treasures that many visitors miss. The size and shape of the ceilings that Hearst had bought dictated the rooms that Julia Morgan built. Take some time and look up...

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Octagonal ceiling
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Dining hall ceiling detail with St. George
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Dining hall carved ceiling detail
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These ceiling panels are huge! Go back and look at the wide view photo of the dining hall and then back here - the three panels across span the entire width of the hall. Impressive.

Ceiling art - angels announcing the birth of Christ
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More ceiling art - I believe the subject of the photo above is of the angels announcing the birth of Christ to the shepherds.

Painted and carved ceiling
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Ceiling panel of Justice blindfolded and with scales
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This finishes our tour of unusual Hearst Castle pictures and we'll end it as the regular tour ends; with a visit to the indoor Roman Pool area. This is a view seldom seen - with the pool empty enabling us to see clearly the mosaics that line the bottom and sides.

Indoor Roman Pool without water
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