Archbishop Palace

Archbishop Palace, Alcala De Henares: Address, Phone Number, Archbishop Palace Reviews: 4/5

Archbishop Palace
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Terrance M
Hamilton, Canada3,452 contributions
Oct 2021
The Renaissance exterior of the complex speaks of the wealth and power of the city’s Toledo archbishops. The grounds take up the northwest corner of the historic core. Built in the 13th century, it has seen several noteworthy events, including the birth of Catherine of Aragon [1485] and the first meeting place of Christopher Columbus and the Catholic kings [1486]. Once reputedly one of the best Renaissance palaces in all of Europe, it went into decline when the capital of Spain was moved to Madrid in 1561. Much work had to be done after a catastrophic fire in 1939. There is some parking on site.
Written October 21, 2021
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA28,279 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Almost nothing is left from the 13th century residence of the Archbishops of Toledo in Alcala, but the history is still there. It was the place of the first interview between the Catholic Kings and Christopher Columbus.
Written October 12, 2019
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Les L
St. Petersburg, FL16,217 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
Like others, I couldn't get into the building and there was no information on hours. But the outside and the grounds is interesting and it's close to the old Roman walled area so convenient for a quick look.
Written June 18, 2016
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greekcypriot2009
Athens, Greece9,354 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
We came across it as we were having a stroll and it is in front of the Cathedral’s main gate.

Nothing was left from the original medieval building that was built in the time of the Reconquista. Today’s building is from the 18th century, though the gate is about 200 years older. I cannot say that it is an impressive building but it is nicely restored.

The round plaza is a gathering spot for locals mostly.
Written May 5, 2016
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal18,938 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
The archbishop´s palace is located on the right side at the end of the “Calle de Santiago” when you arrive on the “plaza de las Bernardas”. It is a nice restored building, not very special on the outside. From the year 1858 until 1939, the palace was allocated as the Public Record head office, where all documents from diverse departments and governments, besides diocesans archives were kept. Besides this, the Archbishop´s Palace has been an arsenal for tanks and munitions during the period of Civil War and after.
Written May 30, 2015
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scdaub
Philadelphia, PA139 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
I am confused by the review that says this site is open for guided tours. We were told at the tourist office that it is private property and not open for visits. Since it is a/the site where Isabella met Columbus, and the site where Catherine of Aragon was born (or maybe baptized) it is an important historic site. Given that so many cathedrals and monasteries are open for tours, it is a disappointment that the archbishop/diocese does not consider the option for this palace. Or that the tourist office gave us misinformation! We live two blocks away and pass the site almost every day and sigh. It is beautiful from the outside.
Written May 2, 2014
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Rose N
Montana Rose1,046 contributions
Nov 2012 • Couples
The palace is on the pretty, less crowded side of the city. Beautiful building with interesting history...wish we could see the inside. Loved seeing all the storks on the old building in the walled yard area.
Written November 12, 2012
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sonaijanowahala
lagos232 contributions
May 2012 • Family
The original spanish name sounds so much more grand!!! A very nice place to wander and explore, There were tours of the interior, but only in Spanish. The area is surrounded by a plaza that is a gathering place for locals in the evenings The Archbishop Palace is located at Plaza del Palacio. It was built in the 13th century as a palace-fortress to house the archbishops of Toledo until the 19th century. The façade was designed by Alonso de Covarrubias in the 16th century. There is a large tower called the Tenorio Tower that was added in the 14th century, and this shows the former use of the building as a defense fortress. Very very nice indeed!!!
Written August 21, 2012
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richard_traveler
Highland, MD274 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
A very nice place to wander and explore, more exterior than interior. We heard there were tours of the interior, but only in Spanish. The area is surrounded by a plaza that is a gathering place for locals in the evenings and weekends, plenty of kids and the liveliness of community life.
Written June 17, 2012
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
Jun 2011 • Couples
The Archbishop Palace is located at Plaza del Palacio. It was built in the 13th century by Rodrigo Ximenez de Rada (hero of the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa in 1212) as a palace-fortress to house the archbishops of Toledo until the 19th century. The façade was designed by Alonso de Covarrubias in the 16th century. There is a large tower called the Tenorio Tower that was added in the 14th century, and this shows the former use of the building as a defense fortress. In 1485 Catalina de Aragon was born in the palace. She was the younger daughter of Queen Isabel of Castille and King Fernando of Aragon. She was married to Henry VIII of England in 1509. In the 15th and 16th century the palace was transformed into a Renaissance palace under Arhbishops Cisneros, Fonseca, and Tavera. In the middle of the 19th century it was restored with a Neogothic and Mudejar style by Manuel Laredo. The Palace suffered a serious fire in 1939, that not only destroyed an artistic legacy but also the State's Central Archives.
Written April 6, 2012
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