San Ildefonso

San Ildefonso sän ēldāfōn´sō [key] or La Granja lä gräng´hä [key], town (1990 pop. 5,088), Segovia prov., central Spain, in Castile-León. Near the town is the Spanish royal summer residence, called La Granja, built by Philip V (1721–23) in imitation of the Grand Trianon at Versailles, where the king spent his childhood. The complex consists of a palace collegiate church and celebrated fountains and gardens, which are a masterpiece of French landscape architecture.

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