This is one of many ornate doors found at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.
Publishing tycoon William Randolf Hearst spared no expense building this luxurious hilltop mansion that would serve as his retreat to entertain his rich, powerful and famous friends.
He brought in fine artwork, as well as an impressive list of the best artisans and craftsmen of the time from every corner of the globe.
The entire complex is now owned by the state of California which opened it up to tourists by offering a variety of different guided tours, for a few dollars of course. The revenue generated by tourism finances the maintenance and upkeep of the place.
It serves to give us an amazing look into a bygone era of opulence that very few would dare flaunt today; as our tour guide repeated often when we visited, “If it looks like gold, that’s because it is.”
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