Chancilleria Palace (Granada)

Chancilleria Palace (Granada)


Located in the Plaza Nueva, the Chancellery Palace is a monumental structure built between 1531 and 1587 by order of Charles I to serve as the headquarters of the Royal Chancellery of Granada. It currently functions as the headquarters of the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia, Ceuta and Melilla.

This imposing building is considered the most important Mannerist-style construction in Granada and was the first building specifically designed as a court of law in Spain.

The architectural design involved work by the famous architect Francisco del Castillo el Mozo, who created the façade, and the prodigious stonemason Martín Díaz de Navarrete, together with sculptures made by Alonso Hernández.

The palace is divided into two bodies. The lower part has three lintelled access doors, while the upper part has six balconies decorated with Corinthian-style columns. The central balcony is the largest. It is crowned with royal heraldry and has a representation of Justice and Strength, which appear seated on the pediment.

Other details that enrich the architectural design are the cornice that separates both floors and the sober and simple balustrade topped with tall and decorative pinnacles with carved pyramids, as well as a temple with a sundial in its centre, dating from the 16th century.

This temple replaced the medallion made of marble with a representation of Charles III. It is now at the top of the building's stairs.

Due to its magnificence and ceremonial and institutional style, the Chancellery Palace has become a very interesting tourist attraction.
   
 
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