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Drawing of the Aljafería Palace in Zaragoza, from the east

  • Drawing of the Aljafería Palace in Zaragoza, from the east. General Archive of Simancas © Ministerio de Cultura

    Drawing of the Aljafería Palace in Zaragoza, from the east. General Archive of Simancas © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Manuscript

Date

1593

Artist

Tiburcio Spannocchi

Original title

Dibujo de la Aljafería de Zaragoza, en la parte de Levante
General Archive of Simancas
Simancas
Valladolid, Castile-Leon
Valladolid

This unusual building has undergone a complete metamorphosis over the nine centuries of its existence, when it has been the site of both culture and historic events.

The greatest changes took place in the Modern Era. It was used as the seat of the Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, and as an prison. After the alterations in Aragon in 1591, Philip II commissioned the engineer Tiburcio Spanochi to fortify it and transform it into a citadel. The project was carried out in 1593, and the palace was surrounded by a moat with bastions. The fortress was built of bricks and mortar with cornerstones, and with profuse decoration on the two doors –and particularly the main door– in this drawing. Its palatial function gave way to its military use, which continued until the mid 20th century.

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