Conde Luna Palace (Leon)

 
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Conde Luna Palace is a splendid construction dating from the 14th century. It was the work of the renowned architect Pedro Suárez de Quiñones and his wife Juana González de Bazán and currently functions as a site for traveling exhibitions and as the headquarters of the University of Washington in Spain.

The central body of its façade, with three heraldry displays (one from the Quiñones and the other two from the Bazán), is the only thing that remains intact from the original 14th-century construction.

The building, with a façade 11 meters wide, was built with ashlar stone. Highlights include its Gothic-style façade with a lintel on modillions, as well as a large pointed arch that shelters the tympanum and is framed in its wide moulding.

Sometime later, the building was expanded by order of Catalina Pimentel, who built a three-level Renaissance-style tower with padded rigging made of green slate boards and ashlar, as well as window sills displaying the sands of the Quiñones, surrounded by fruit motifs.

For a time, the building served as the headquarters of the Court of the Inquisition. After an important restoration, it was acquired by the Octavio Álvarez Carballo Foundation.

Due to its important artistic and heritage value, the Conde Luna Palace was declared a Historical Monument in 1931.
   
 
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