Text and photos: Javier Prieto Gallego / Translation: Amy Harmon
The palace features a fantastic interior courtyard that is worth a visit, even if only to soak in the atmosphere that once adorned the numerous noble palaces in a city accustomed for a time to courtly activities.
Before reaching the courtyard, to the right of the entrance, in the hallway there is a beautiful collection of Talavera tiles created in 1939. This collection forms a kind of illustrated history lesson with 12 relevant scenes depicting events that took place in the city. Among them is the one illustrated in the cover photo. The fire, which occurred on September 21, 1561, quickly spread, devouring various streets in the city center until it reached the city’s main square, where it consumed the Town Hall and part of the San Francisco Monastery, among many other buildings. The fire raged for nearly two days and left such a mark on the city’s life that its flames were incorporated into the city’s coat of arms.