What to see in Leon
Don Gutierre Palace, a Baroque-style construction from the 17th century located in the homonymous square within the Wet Neighbourhood, is the property of the City Council of Leon and the current headquarters of the city’s Department of Education and Culture of the city. It is where protocol and cultural events of the City Council are carried out.
This beautiful palace, with a three-story architectural design, was originally owned by the Villafañe family. The heraldry of the Villafañe and Tapia families is still preserved on the façade. In addition, the palace has a beautiful interior patio with a completely paved floor and an extensive garden.
The palace abounds with works of art and beautiful decorations, among which the exquisite 17th-century polychrome painting located on the first floor, called The Return to Egypt, stands out.
According to archaeologist Fernando Miguel Hernández, Gutierre Square was once home to another palace of the Gutierre family, in the site currently occupied by a building on Cascalerías Street. Of this, only a lintel with the family motto survives. This leads to the suspicion that the Don Gutierre Palace was part of a large architectural complex.
As a fact of interest, Don Gutierre Palace underwent a thorough restoration in 2004 after its roof collapsed two years earlier. This restoration not only shored it up but also recovered even more of its original brilliance.