COVID-19 Response

Following guidance from the California Department of Public Health and local public health authorities, we are increasing public access and services in a phased approach at Hearst Castle®/Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument®. Before visiting, please review the COVID-19/FAQ tab on the home page. There you will find information and frequently asked questions regarding your trip to Hearst Castle. Updates about the overall Department of Parks and Recreation response to COVID-19, including safety information, are posted on For more information from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department click

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.