Palacio de Bracamonte (Ávila)
Palace in Ávila
The Palacio de Bracamonte is a Palace located in in Plaza de Fuente el Sol in the Spanish city of Ávila.
Attached within the walls to the northern canvas of the wall, it was ordered to be built, at the beginning of the 16th century, by the descendants of Álvaro Dávila and Juana de Bracamonte, on their old medieval mansion.
It conserves the 16th-century porticoed courtyard, with its double gallery, the lower one with Doric Tuscan columns, and the upper one with a parapet decorated with Gothic geometric shapes and coats of arms, from which short columns support lintels. Of great interest is the ornamentation with shields of the leading families of Ávila. It stands as a graphic document that explains the ties between the town’s different lineages.
As with most palaces in the city, with the crisis of the 17th century and the departure of the nobility to the court, the palace entered a long period of abandonment and ruin, until in 1898 it was rebuilt by Francisco de Santa Cross. In 1978 it was declared a National Monument, and currently houses the Territorial Service of Culture of the Junta de Castilla y León. It was in a state of ruin of the building at the end of the 19th century and the necessary work that had been carried out on it meant that it lost part of its original structure.
It is currently used as the Delegation of Culture of the Regional Government (Junta de Castilla y León).