Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the south via Paso Robles and Cambria, but Highway One is closed from the north at Ragged Point.


These four pieces of art date from the New Kingdom. Sekhmet literally translates as “the powerful.” Depicted with the body of a woman and the head of a lioness, she was the bloodthirsty protector of Ra, the sun god.

Egyptian. Head on the left, 18th Dynasty; three others, 19th Dynasty. Granite Full figure with vein of feldspar, 5’10-1/2 x 20-1/2″ (179.1×52.1cm); 3/4 figure, 45-1/4 x 17-3/4″(114.9×45.1cm); chipped head, 19 x 19″(48.3 x 48.3cm); head with sundisk, 23 x 10″ (58.4 x 25.4cm). Hearst Monument Collection, South Esplanade.