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    Exploring California’s Hearst Castle on Instagram

    For more photos and videos from Hearst Castle, explore the Hearst Castle location page.

    In 1919, media tycoon William Randolph Hearst commissioned architect Julia Morgan to design a home atop the 270,000 acres (1,093 square kilometers) of property he owned in the hills of San Simeon, California. Over the next 28 years, Morgan created one of the most ambitious architectural projects in American history: Hearst Castle.

    The home, formally named La Cuesta Encantada (“The Enchanted Hill”), contains over 160 rooms and boasts tennis courts, a movie theater, an airfield and 127 acres (.5 square kilometers) of gardens. Most iconic, however, are the property’s two ornate pools—one indoor and one outdoor—that Morgan designed with Hearst’s love of Roman antiquity in mind. The outdoor Neptune Pool (rebuilt three times until it was perfect) features the façade from an actual temple imported from Italy, while the expansive indoor Roman Pool is decorated with a floor-to-ceiling mosaic made of glass and fused-gold tiles.

    During its prime, the Castle also held the world’s largest private zoo. Though the zoo was dismantled after Hearst’s death in 1951, a sparse population of zebras can be seen roaming the grounds to this day.

    Hearst Castle is now a state historic park and welcomes nearly one million visitors each year.

  5. instagram:

    Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Fitr

    Eid Mubarak to all those who observed Ramadan! The moon was sighted on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia, which means that Eid al-Fitr, or the “festival of breaking of the fast,” began today. Though a day-long holiday, some countries will observe Eid al-Fitr tomorrow instead. The festival marks end of Ramadan for Muslims and is celebrated with feasts, family gatherings and large groups gathering together for united prayer.

    To see more photos and videos Instagrammers captured of the celebration, visit the Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) and Al-Masjid Al-Haram المسجد الحرام location pages. You can also browse the #eidmubarak and #eidalfitr hashtags.