Hearst Castle Closed Due To Emergency Road Repairs

Due to significant storms that caused damage to the roadway leading up to the Historic Monument, Hearst Castle is temporarily closed. California State Parks is dedicated to making sure that all measures are taken to ensure visitor safety. We have activated an emergency contract process to expedite the necessary road repairs. The work is expected to take 6 to 9 months. Once completed, Hearst Castle will welcome back visitors. To learn more, please visit our News/Projects page.

Hearst Castle tours and the Visitor Center is currently closed. When we reopen, advanced reservations will be required to visit Hearst Castle and/or the Visitor Center


This limestone relief depicts Saint Paul, identified by the instrument of his martyrdom, a sword. It is mounted on the fa├žade of Casa Grande with its companion, a relief of Saint Peter, who holds the symbolic key to Heaven. The style of the reliefs, possibly inspired by the work of Damian Forment (1480-1540), dates them to around 1525. Hearst bought both reliefs at auction in May 1923. They were sold by Pedro Ruiz, who, with his two sons Luis and Raimundo, brought hundreds of Spanish works of art (including textiles, wood ceilings, furniture and ironwork) to the USA for sale in a series of a dozen auctions from 1919 to about 1926.