Casa de Castril, Granada

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The Castril palace is a Renaissance style palace located in Sacromonte, a district of the Spanish city of Granada. Nowadays it hosts the Archaeological Museum of Granada.The house is nailed in the Race of the Darro, in the old Arab district of Ajsaris, seat of 16th century's granadine nobility. The palace is one of the best Renaissance palaces of Granada and belonged to the family of Hernando de Zafra, secretary of Catholic monarchs who participated actively in reconquering it from the Muslim hands during the Reconquista.At the top of the facade the date of its foundation is recorded: 1539. This work has been attributed to Sebastián de Alcántara, one of the most outstanding disciples of Diego de Siloé. In 1917 the Castril palace was acquired by arabist and orientalist Leopoldo Eguílaz y Yanguas to make it as a location of the Archaeological Museum of Granada definitively.References and notesMuch of the content of this article comes from the equivalent Spanish-language Wikipedia article, accessed December 1, 2006.
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  • First of all, you have to enjoy the building's renaissance facades when you walk on the Carrera del Darro, which is a splendid copy of a city palace. Here, Ferdinand and Isabella's right hand lived the nobleman, Hernan Zafra, who in particular stood for the "cleansing" of all Arabic. In 1923, the building was acquired to the Granada Archaeological Museum, where the objects are either own excavation finds or gifts or purchases. There are a total of 7 exhibition spaces, not violently large, but it still covers from Bronze Age, Phoenician time, and Roman times-and many of these items are completely unique. In one of the halls is exhibited the mosaic floor from a very new excavation (2018) at the Plaza de Mondragones of a 3-flown Roman house. There is no need to cheat themselves to see this museum.
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  • The house of Castril by the Lord of Castril of the descendants of Hernando de Zafra, to whom the house belonged, is one of the most beautiful Granada palaces of the Renaissance.
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