Scaled Replica of Spain’s Alhambra Palace
Originally built as a private home in 1883 by Bostonian Franklin W. Smith, the Villa Zorayda is a one tenth scale replica of a portion of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. The Villa Zorayda began the Moorish Spanish Revival style of architecture that can be seen throughout the city today. In addition to the magnificent architecture of the building outstanding features of the museum include the extensive art & antique collection from around the world, Spanish & Egyptian tiles, Oriental rugs, and hand pierced brass lamps throughout. The Villa has had a colorful past including private home, restaurant and club, speakeasy and gambling casino. Realizing the building’s historical significance it became a museum in 1933 which it remains to this date. State of the art audio guided tours run continuously throughout the day in English, Spanish & French. On site parking. Located at 83 King Street, downtown St. Augustine.
Docent led tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. Reservations required. Join us during St. Augustine’s “Nights of Lights” celebration (November/December) when the Villa Zorayda offers an evening Candlelight Tour of the museum. Beautifully decorated for the holidays with over 100 candles throughout and featuring a spectacular Christmas tree located center stage in the Court of Lions decorated in the colors of the Zorayda, red and gold. Please note – this tour is offered on select evenings.Reservations required.