At about 500 m eastwards from the cathedral stands on the quiet plaza de la Libertad a small palace dating from the 15th c. It was built for the constables of Castile don Pedro Fernandez de Velasco (coat of arms on the left) and his wife Dona Mencia de Mendoza y Figueroa (blazon on the right), by the architect Simon de Colonia (son of the cathedral architect).
Surprising is the Grand Cordon (cord) symbol of the Franciscan monks order decorating the main door.
A cord or a chain at the door of a house in Spain shows that a King slept in that house.
Indeed many Kings and Queens stayed in this home.
First the Reyes Catholicos Ferdinand and Isabel. They received here in 1497 Christopher Columbus on his return from his second journey to America.
Tragic was the death here in 1506 of Philip the Handsome (son of emperor Maximilian of Austria) who had married Juana, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabel, later called Juana La Loca (Joanna the Mad) after she did not recover from the loss of her husband. She was the mother of the future Emperor Charles V who also stayed several times at the Casa del Cordon.
This rather sober building has a quite interesting history especially when reading about Juana La Loca with her passionate jealousy and constant suspicion of her husband Philip the Handsome. As Duke of Burgundy he had to stay most in Flanders.
Although insane, Joanna became heiress of the Spanish kingdoms after the death of her mother and elder sisters and brothers so that a Habsburg Charles V, born himself in Flanders, became emperor and king of Spain something her father Ferdinand of Aragon did'nt like.
King Philip II also stayed here. The last Spanish king was Philip V.
The Casa del Cordon served also as prison for Francois I, King of France, held here as a prisoner after the battle of Pavia in 1525.
In the 18th and 19th c. the building got damaged. Several restorations followed in the 20th c. The present aspect with a bank and cultural centre dates from the 1980s.
Built in XV, has its name because of a big Franciscan cord, elaborated in stone, that is around the building.
In this palace is where the Catholic Monarchs received Columbus after his second voyage to the New World.
Nowadays it's the main ofice of "Caja de Burgos", a bank.
In a quiet square, Libertad square, you find this incredible house either beautiful and full of History. In this house the Catholic Monarchs and Colombus gathered after the discoverer’s second trip to America. That’s one of the most in good codition buildings in Burgos from that time (built in the XVth century). It’s now a civil building and you can see the inner yard in office hours. Its named (lace’s house) is due to the lace above the main gate.
A 14th century Palace, built by Don Pedro Fernández de Velasco. Its external stone carvings and detailing is very similar to the cathedral, with the same design of gargoyles and stone spires. It made me wonder if it used surplus material from the cathedral.
The Casa has an interesting history, Ferdinand and Isabel the Catholic monarchs were in residence here 1497, they recieved Christopher Columbus here after his second voyage to the Americas. Felipe I died in the palace in September 1506. Francois I, King of France was held a prisoner in the house after the battle of Pavia in 1525.
I´ve included more photos of the Palace in my travelogue.
Casa del Cordón, built at 15th century, is the place where Catholic Queen and King received Columbus after his second trip in 1497.
Nowadays is a bank!!!
La Casa del Cordón, construida en el siglo XV, es el sitio en el cual los Reyes Católicos recibieron a Colón luego de su segundo viaje en 1497. Hoy en día es un banco.
It's beautifully illuminated by night. This creates wonderful gargoyle shadows. How's that for useful fact?