Treasures of the Crown

In this documentary series of six episodes, we will visit the different architectonic treasures guarded by “Patrimonio Nacional”, the Spanish National Heritage Board.

 

In each episode, together with the general architectonic description, its cultural symbolism, the artistic decoration inside each building and the singular historic building process, we will see several reenactments to highlight some special cirscumstances with an historic relevance, anecdotes, curiosities or remarkable events.  Some CGI and the participation of experts and historic analysts will guide us to know an important number of unknown historical facts.

 

The episode order follows a chronological order, following the sucession of Kings along History.  Each episode can stand as one offs, but they all follow a similar narrative giving a commons sense to the whole series.

Ep. 1 THE MUDEJAR HERITAGE

This episode is dedicated to four singular architectonic spaces of the late Middle Ages in Spain.  All of them share a common “mudejar” legacy with a strong influence of Islamic Art: The Almudaina Palace in Palma de Mallorca, The Royal Alcazars of Seville, the Monastery of Huelgas in Burgos and the Monastery of Santa Clara in Tordesillas.

Ep. 2 BY THE GRACE OF THE HISPANIC CESAR

 

This episode is decated to three historical buildings related to the figure of the Roman Emperor, Charles V: The Monastery of the Descalzas Reales, the Palace of El Pardo in Madid and the Monastery of San Jeronimo in Yuste (Cáceres)

Ep. 3        THE EIGHT WONDER OF THE WORLD     

 

This episode is mainly focused on the Royal Site of the Monastery of El Escorial, and briefly to three buildings ordered by Philip II and his sucessor, his son Philip III: El Real Colegio de las Doncellas Nobles, the Royal Monastery of Santa Isabel and the Royal Monastery of Encarnación.

 

Ep. 4         FROM THE AUSTRIAS TO THE BORBONS

 

We focus on three historical buildings in the city of Madrid: The Basilique of the Virgin of Atocha, the Pantheon of the Illustrated Men and the Royal Palace of Madrid, built by the first King of the Borbon dinasty in Spain: Philip V.

Ep. 5            THE ROYAL PARADISE

 

This episode is dedicated to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, whose history dates back to the 15th century, when Philip V wanted to make of Aranjuez his particular Versailles.  We also visit the Royal Convent of San Pascual, also in Aranjuez and inaugurated by Charles III, whose started building in 1765.

Ep. 6            THE DREAMED RETIREMENT

 

This episode is dedicated to the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso and the Royal Palace of Riofrio (Segovia), residencies of Philip V and Elisabeth of Fornier.  We also mention the Royal Crystal Factory in La Granja and the Royal Colllege of the Saint Trinity.

Versions

English, Spanish

Genre

History, Docudrama

Length

5 x 30'

Type

Series

Format

HD

Production

RTVE / Atlantia Media Producciones