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Archives of the Royal Chancery of Valladolid

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  • Interior courtyard in the Archive of the Royal Chancery in Valladolid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Interior courtyard in the Archive of the Royal Chancery in Valladolid © Ministerio de Cultura

  • Restoration room in the Archive of the Royal Chancery in Valladolid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Restoration room in the Archive of the Royal Chancery in Valladolid © Ministerio de Cultura

  

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Chancillería, 4
47071 Valladolid
Valladolid, Castile-Leon

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Created by the Catholic Monarchs, this is the most important of the legal archives of the old regime preserved in Spain

The documents it contains are exclusively judicial in nature and occupy nearly twenty kilometres in total. The funds are from the Royal Courts and Chancery of Valladolid (1371-1834), the highest court of the Kingdom of Castile in the old regime for the territories to the north of the Tagus River; and of the Territorial Court of Valladolid (1834-1988), the court that replaced the Chancery; as well as other lower legal bodies. These documents are particularly valuable for research into the political, social and economic history of Spain from the end of the 15th to the 19th century.

Essential works

  • Letter of donation from Diego Fernández y Gelo and his wife to the monastery of San Benito in Sahagún (León) (1063). Archive of the Royal Chancery in Valladolid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Letter of donation from Diego Fernández y Gelo and his wife to the monastery of San Benito in Sahagún (León) (1063).

    Parchment dating from the 11th century by means of which Diego Fernández and his wife freely transfer various lands in their property to the Royal Monastery of San Benito in Sahagún.

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  • Topographic map of a section of the Órbigo river, between the districts of La Bañeza and Astorga (León) (1770). Archive of the Royal Chancery in Valladolid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Topographic map of a section of the Órbigo river, between the districts of La Bañeza and Astorga (León) (1770).

    Oil on canvas dating from 1770 to mark the hearing of a civil lawsuit between Astorga cathedral and a private citizen.

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  • Topographic map of the district of Aldahuí, near Talavera de la Reina (Toledo). Archive of the Royal Chancery in Valladolid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Topographic map of the district of Aldahuí, near Talavera de la Reina (Toledo)

    Oil on canvas painted for the purposes of a civil lawsuit regarding the boundaries of the district of Aldahuí.

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  • Inventory of the assets confiscated from Rodrigo de Cervantes, the father of Miguel de Cervantes (1552). Archive of the Royal Chancery in Valladolid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Inventory of the assets confiscated from Rodrigo de Cervantes, the father of Miguel de Cervantes (1552)

    This document lists the assets possessed by the father of Cervantes and his aunt Maria de Cervantes.

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  • Polychrome illuminated letter representing King Charles I on a letters patent document (1524). Archive of the Royal Chancery in Valladolid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Polychrome illuminated letter representing King Charles I on a letters patent document

    Original portrait of Charles I as a young man. It faithfully depicts his features and is one of the few images conserved of the Emperor from that period in his life.

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  • Ground plan of buildings between the street of Calle de Los Palominos and Nuestra Señora de la Almudena in Madrid (1549). Archive of the Royal Chancery in Valladolid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Ground plan of buildings between the street known as Calle de Los Palominos and Nuestra Señora de la Almudena in Madrid (1549)

    This plan dating from the mid-16th century was drawn on parchment and describes several buildings in Madrid located between Calle de Los Palominos and the church of Nuestra Señora de la Almudena.

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  • Ground plan and elevation of the Puente Mayor bridge over the Carrión River in Palencia (circa 1584). Archive of the Royal Chancery in Valladolid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Ground plan and elevation of the Puente Mayor bridge over the Carrión River in Palencia (circa 1584)

    Plan dating from 1584 with the outline of the ground plan and elevation of the Puente Mayor bridge over the Carrión river as it flows through Palencia.

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Collections

The collections in the archive can be accessed through the Portal of Spanish Archives (PARES), created for the purpose of disseminating over the Internet the Spanish Historical Documents conserved in its network of centres.


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Sep 16 to Jun 15

Monday A Friday

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8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Christmas and Easter week: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
 

Jun 16 to Sep 15

Monday A Friday

8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

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