If from the Plaza Mayor you walk to the west you will find what is considered as one of the best plateresque or Spanish Renaissance buildings in Spain.
The palace was built in 1539 for the Count of Monterrey. The towers with the sumptuous decoration, the façade with the gallery led to what was called the Monterrey style in the 19th c.
Hontañón Rodrigo Gil and Fray Martin de Santiago outlined the plans of the palace in 1539. Pedro de Ibarra and Pedro de Miguel Aguirre began the construction.
The Palace now belongs to the House of Alba, an important and fortunate Spanish aristocratic family.
Unfortunately the Palace is not open to the public.
This huge palace is easily the most impressive of many Renaissance mansions in Salamanca. It was built in 1539 by Alonso de Acevedo y Zuñiga, third count of Monterrey and viceroy of Naples. The architect was Rodrigo Gil de Hontañon (who was the architect of the cathedral). It is so big I could not fit the whole building into the photo :D
The Palacio de Monterrey is one of the greatest examples of the Plateresque style (estilo plateresco), which is typical of the Spanish Renaissance. It was built by Pedro de Ibarra and Pedro de Miguel y Aguirre in 1539 on a plan by Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón and Fray Martín de Santiago. Its sumptuous structure evokes the magnificence of the siglo de oro, "the golden century", that is the 16th century in España.
If you read my previous tip, you know that Alonso de Fonseca I was buried at the Convent of the Ursulines. Well the Monerrey Palace was built in 1538 and was intended to be for his illegitimate son. What you see today is only about a fourth of what was intended here and is the work of Rodrigo Gil de Hontanon. Unfortunately, you can't visit the interior.
This is a good example of an urban Renaissance palace. It was built in the 16th century. The architect was Rodrigo Gil de Hontanon. He was influenced by what he saw in Italy and redesigned it to a Spanish style.
This Palace was built in de 16th century. The two towers and the three chimneys are unique in their style.
Today it functions as private residence of the Dukes of Alba.
IT's NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC