Construction of the Paso de Meiras residence began in 1893. The property appeared on the site of a fortress destroyed during Napoleon’s invasion of Spain, built in the 14th century.
The Spanish court of the first instance of the province of La Coruna decided that the family of Francisco Franco (1892-1975) should return the estate of Paso de Mairas to the state. This is reported by El Pais.
In 2018, the grandchildren of the late dictator put the palace up for sale at a price of 8 million euros. Authorities in the Galician province of La Coruna, where the site is located, filed a lawsuit.
The court invalidated the “donation” of Franco’s estate in 1938, as the necessary legal requirements were not met at that time. The court noted that the property was donated to the head of state, not personally by Franco.
Franco’s family was also denied compensation for the property.
Francisco Franco led Spain from 1939 to 1975. After defeating the Republicans in the Civil War, Franco established an authoritarian regime in Spain.
In 1947, he proclaimed Spain a kingdom, and the establishment of royal power was postponed until he retired from politics. Franco died in 1975 at the age of 82 from a heart attack.
Earlier, in Madrid, plaques with street names associated with the rule of Francisco Franco were removed. A total of 49 such streets were renamed in the city.