Ediciones El Viso

The Great Houses of Cayetana, Duchess of Alba / Les palais de Cayetana, duchesse d’Albe

Cover of the book The Great Houses of Cayetana, Duchess of Alba / Les palais de Cayetana, duchesse d’Albe
  • Authors
    Edition coordinated by Naty Abascal. Photographs by Ricardo Labougle. Texts by Rafael Manzano
  • Features
    AVAILABLE FROM DECEMBER. Edition in Spanish, English and French. 224 pages. 200 color photographs and 20 black-and-white photographs. 24 x 30 cm. Clothbound covered by french fold jacket. Madrid, Fundación Casa de Alba and Ediciones El Viso, 2012
  • ISBN
    978-84-940325-5-4; English: 978-84-940325-6-1; French: 978-84-940325-7-8

Retail price 54 €


This book offers a visual tour of the three most representative palaces of the house of Alba: those of Liria in Madrid, Las Dueñas in Seville, and Monterrey in Salamanca, and by the summer residences of the family in Ibiza (S’Aufabaguera) and San Sebastián (Arbaizenea).

All these houses, where are preserved valuable works of art, have been personally decorated by Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, XVIII Duchess of Alba, current head of the noble house. Duchess herself was also the architect of the rebuilding of the Palace of Liria after its almost total destruction in the Civil War, of works which were carried out between 1948 and 1956, and of the recovery of all its artistic heritage dispersed because of the war.

This publication, coordinated by Naty Abascal, with texts by professor and architect Rafael Manzano, provide us with an architectural sketch of each of the buildings and provide us with a guide for our journey through large format photographs expressly taken for this publication by the recognized photographer Ricardo Labougle, along with other images from the personal album of the Duchess which complete this unique vision of Cayetana de Alba’s most beloved houses.