Palacio de Santa Cruz, Madrid

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The Palacio de Santa Cruz or Palace of the Holy Cross is a baroque building in central Madrid, Spain. It now houses the foreign ministry or Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de España. It was used as a jail until the reign of Philip IV of Spain, when it was converted into a palace.Construction was commissioned in 1629 by Philip IV to house both courts and jail facilities. The architect Juan Gómez de Mora worked on it from 1629-1636, and later other architects like José de Villareal, Bartolomé Hurtado García, and José del Olmo added elements.In 1767 it changed from jail to the Palacio de Santa Cruz, due to its proximity to the church of Santa Cruz. A fire destroyed all but the facade in 1791.Sources History of the Palacio de Santa Cruz by Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores Palacio de Santa Cruz. Entrada de Madrid Histórico
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  • Palacio de Santa Cruz is a really grand old building. It's an early 17th century baroque construction. Originally intended to be a gaol it later was remodelled and became a proper palace. Today this p...  more »
  • A few meters from the plaza Mayor (going southeast) you land at Piazza della Provincia, where it is impossible not to notice this beautiful building, which at first glance looks identical to that of the former town hall of Plaza de La Villa (among the 2, which however have small differences I prefer the latter). Built in the 17th century, it was first a prison and is now home to the Foreign Ministry. Obviously you can't visit internally. On the same square you can see the fountain of Orpheus, a modern replica (xx century) of the original seventeenth century.
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