Spanish dictator's summer house opens to public

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Posted: Mar 26, 2011 11:36 AM
Spanish dictator's summer house opens to public

General Francisco Franco's palatial summer residence is open to the public after a lengthy legal battle between the government and the late Spanish dictator's family.

The regional government challenged Franco's family in early 2008 to open the property for public viewing. A court ruling in Oct. 2010 in favor of the government opened the house to its first visitors Friday.

The palatial country house _ Pazo de Meiras in Sada _ in northwest Spain previously belonged to novelist Emilia Pardo Bazan (1851-1921) and is considered a national monument.

However, in 1938 it was offered by local businessmen to Franco, and since his death in 1975 heirs to his estate have considered it their own.