Palacio de Santa Cruz, Valladolid

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The Palacio de Santa Cruz is an Early-Renaissance palace in Valladolid, in Castile and León, Spain. Construction began in 1486 but in 1490 building came under the control of Lorenzo Vázquez de Segovia who finally completed it in 1491.

Founded by Cardinal Mendoza, the college is considered to be the earliest extant building of the Spanish Renaissance. Some observers believe that some of the classical details may have been added to the facade at a later date. One anomaly is the lack of full symmetry of the main facade. Nevertheless, details such as the main doorway are generally accepted as original to Vázquez's design. Confirmation of this impression is the similar doorway on the palace of the Dukes of Medinaceli built to the designs of the architect at Collogudo to the north east of Madrid. The dukes were a branch of the same influential Mendoza family as the cardinal.

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  • This is one of the oldest palaces in Valladolid. It was built in the 15th century. It is one of the main buildings of the University of Valladolid. The facade is beautiful and in the inside, there is....  more »
  • The city has quite a few beautiful buildings that just pop up, seemingly out of nowhere. Nice plaza in front, with flowers blooming, despite the 35 degree weather. Just a nice place to sit and...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful buildings in Valladolid, this Renaissance Palace is part of the University one of the oldest of Spain.
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