Little Lady Liberty

LITTLE LADY LIBERTY.
PALACE IN BACKGROUND.

I was walking along the beachfront in Torremolinos Wednesday evening and decided to visit a private palace I had read about. As I crossed the street to head away from the beach, I spotted the Statue of Liberty. I had no idea I had walked so far.

I also had no idea the statue had been plated in solid silver. (Nor that the Leaning Tower of Pisa was so near.)

She stands front and center at a “Mini Golf” course. (San Geraldo grew up calling it “Goofy Golf,” while I grew up calling it “Miniature Golf”). And, OK, I don’t think she’s really made of solid silver either. But she did light the way to the Casa de los Navajas, the palace I was looking for.

The Casa de los Navajas is a “small” private palace built in 1925 by a sugar cane entrepreneur named Antonio Navajas. It was built in the Neo-Mudéjar (Moorish Revival) style, and the interior design was inspired by the Alhambra of Granada.


(Click the images to make The Little Lady, and everything else, not so little.)

The nearby sugar fields are now occupied by Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport. And the palace was donated to the Province of Málaga and the City of Torremolinos, although it spent years in disrepair and more years under renovation. It just reopened this summer. And the restoration is magnificent. There was no info available on-site (I’m sure that’s on its way). But interior spaces have been redesigned to be used for events, one room is labeled “Bodas,” which means “Weddings,” and outdoor terraces abound.

THE VIEW AS I CROSSED THE STREET.
WEST TOWER.
TILE AND PLASTER.
THE ROOM ABOVE THE ENTRY.
NICE CHAIRS.  SCHEDULE YOUR WEDDING.
WHERE I CAME FROM:  LEANING TOWER OF PISA CIRCLED IN RED.
CARD ROOM?  MAH JONGG?
YOUR BASIC TABLE AND CHAIRS.
(BE SURE TO USE A COASTER!)
EAST TOWER.
ONE OF SIX PICTORIAL MOSAICS FLANKING THE ENTRANCE.
FROM THE DRIVEWAY.
STAIRS GOING DOWN.  (THEY WENT UP, TOO.)
ONE MORE LOOK BEFORE I GO.
A VERY TASTEFUL CHANDELIER.

Our house might not be a small palace, but San Geraldo makes it feel like one…

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

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