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Famous Estates
of the Herrera Family

Hacienda De La Vega
(Caracas) 

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The Hacienda de La Vega, is a historical monument in Caracas, Venezuela. It was one of the first family properties of the Herrera family in Latin America. It is still a strong symbolic place for the current generations.

 

It is one of the oldest haciendas in Venezuela, dating back to the time of the Spanish colonization in the Caracas Valley, it refers to the time when the first generations of the Herrera have been sent by the Spanish crown. In 1899, the Hacienda was acquired by Jorge Uslar (Herrera’s ancestor) who received it after an agreement with the late Banco de Caracas. He undertook colossal reconstruction and embellishment works.

 

Later on, the space became a real cultural place for the local life, becoming the meeting point of culture and social life. The Hacienda remains in the Herrera von Uslar family, today is open for the public as a history landmark.

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ESTATE IN CARACAS     |       HACIENDA DE LA VEGA

Castle St. Barbara, 
Teguise in Lanzarote
(Canary Islands)

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The Castle of Santa Barbara is the oldest fortification of the island of Lanzarote, to protect the historic capital of the island, the town of Teguise.

 

The Castillo Santa Barbara sits high up on Mount Guanapay overlooking Teguise, the old capital and the island of Lanzarote. King Felipe II ordered the castle to be built by Don Sanco de Herrera in the 16th Century as a watch tower to help protect the islanders from pirates and privateers such as Sir Francis Drake who was known as El Draque (The Dragon) to the Spanish.

 

At the time, Teguise was both the capital of Lanzarote and the HQ of the Spanish administration of the whole Canary.

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Castle of Gleichen
(Germany)

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Gleichen Castle owes its fame to the legend of the bigamous Count von Gleichen, who returned home from the Crusades with a second wife. The three castles known collectively as the “Drei Gleichen” are Gleichen Castle, Mühlburg Castle and Wachsenburg Castle. They are approx. 20 km from Erfurt in the Drei Gleichen conservation area.

ESTATE IN CANARY ISLANDS     |       CASTLE ST. BARBARA, TEGUISE / LANZAROTE

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ESTATE IN GERMANY     |       CASTLE OF GLEICHEN

Castle of Ampudia
(Palencia, Spain)

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Gothic noble fortress, built in the 15th century by the descendants to Pedro García Herrera, major-general of Castile and nephew of the bishop of Palencia Sancho de Rojas, founder of the Manor of Ampudia. The building is shaped as a trapezoid, with four square turrets in the corners and the front is symmetrical.

 

Today the castle houses a collection of art objects and antiques. Don Pedro de Ayala, the Count of Salvatierra, was one of the owners of the castle. He fought in favour of the comunera cause in the battle of Ampudia, which confronted the followers of the emperor and the troops of the Acuña Bishop.

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ESTATE IN PALENCIA, SPAIN     |       CASTLE OF AMPUDIA

Castle of Freudenthal
(Uslar, Germany)

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Uslar was first mentioned in 1006/1007. In 1599, the Castle of Freudenthal was built, which burned down in 1612. In 1819, others parts of the town of Uslar was also burned down. 

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ESTATE IN USLAR,  GERMANY     |       CASTLE OF FREUDENTHAL

Uslar-Gleichen Castle
(Gleichen, Germany)

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Built around 1100 by the Counts of Reinhausen, who had turned their ancestral seat in Reinhausen into an Augustinian monastery, and thereafter the castles changed hands several times. Finally around 1270, the Gleichen went to the Lords of Uslar.

 

Soon afterwards the House of Uslar divided the assets between the two lines of Altengleichen and Neuengleichen. Neuengleichen fell in 1451 to the Landgraves of Hesse, whilst Altengleichen remained under Guelph rule. Not until the wake of the course of the Vienna Congress was ownership of Neuengleichen relinquished to the Kingdom of Hanover and from then on re-transferred back to the House of Uslar (at Altengleichen), which since 1825 had been called Uslar-Gleichen.

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ESTATE IN THURINGIA, GERMANY     |       USLAR - GLEICHEN CASTLE

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COPPERPLATE ENGRAVING BY MATTHÄUS MERIAN DATING TO PRE-1650:
THE ALTE GLEICHEN (CENTRE),  THE NEUE GLEICHEN (
RIGHT)