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Alonso de Covarrubias

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" Architect. He is one of the most outstanding representatives of the Spanish Plateresque style."

He was born in Torrijos, Toledo in 1488. One of his first works was the Santa Librada Chapel in Sigüenza Cathedral, with a richly decorated altarpiece. He later worked on the main sacristy in the same cathedral. After finishing the church of the Piedad convent in Guadalajara, he was involved in building the Santa Cruz hospital in Toledo, one of the finest examples of his early style. In 1531, he started the Reyes Nuevos Chapel in Toledo Cathedral for Archbishop Fonseca. This work definite recognition and he was named architect to the Emperor Charles I. In his late stage, Covarrubias built the St John the Baptist, or Tavera, hospital and the Alcázar fortress with its splendid courtyard, both in Toledo He died in 1570.

Essential works

  • Side view of the Renaissance façade of the Ducal Palace of Pastrana © Turespaña

    Pastrana Ducal Palace

    The Ducal Palace of Pastrana was designed by Alonso de Covarrubias.

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  • Detail of the façade of the Archiepiscopal palace in Alcalá de Henares. Madrid © Turespaña

    Archiepiscopal Palace of Alcalá de Henares

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  • Alcázar fortress in Toledo © Turespaña

    Toledo Fortress

    It is today the site of the city's Army Museum. Its construction dates from Roman times.

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  • New Bisagra gate. Toledo

    Nueva de Bisagra Gate

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Other highlighted works

  • Santa Librada Chapel in Sigüenza Cathedral, Guadalajara
  • Main sacristy in Sigüenza Cathedral, Guadalajara
  • Reyes Nuevos Chapel in Toledo Cathedral
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