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San Ildefonso

San Ildefonso (sän ēldāfōnˈsō) [key] or La Granja lä grängˈhä, town (1990 pop. 5,088), Segovia prov., central Spain, in Castile-León. Near the town is the Spanish royal summer residence, called La Granja, built by Philip V (1721–23) in imitation of the Grand Trianon at Versailles, where the king spent his childhood. The complex consists of a palace; collegiate church; and celebrated fountains and gardens, which are a masterpiece of French landscape architecture.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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