Gobiendes Palace

Colunga, Spain

The Gobiendes Palace was built with a medieval tower in the 15th century, and belonged to the Mitra Ovetense until the time of Philip II, who sold it to Gonzalo Ruiz de Junco. The building was later extended, and today it has two perpendicular wings, with a side chapel.



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Founded: 15th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Spain

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Alba (3 months ago)
Charming town, beautiful views from the church.
Lewis Engel (5 months ago)
It started from a medieval tower, it belonged to the Mitra Ovetense until Felipe II sold it to Gonzalo Ruiz de Junco. The building was expanded. He currently belongs to a prestigious lawyer from Oviedo Today it has two perpendicular wings, its main facade has a central door with loopholes on the ground floor and balconies flush with the shield on the first floor. The chapel with a barrel vault is attached to one side and communicates with the building through the choir.
JAVIER LOPEZ FERRER (8 months ago)
Can not visit
Pisadiel (10 months ago)
The Palace of Gobiendes (ss. XVI-XVII), in Gobiendes (Colunga, Asturies). Built around a tower from the s. XIV, center of the Carrandi jurisdictional preserve centered on the "Castellum Obalia" -a fortification purportedly of Roman origin-, donated to the late Santiago de Gobiendes monastery by King Ordoño II of Lleón (914-24), under the control of Mitra d'Uviéu until 1579 when King Felipe II of Spain (1556-98), with a papal bull, dismembered the preserve, incorporating it into the Crown, and selling it h. 1585 to don Gonzalo Ruiz de Junco, second lieutenant of Colunga, lord of the Junco House of San Esteban de Lleces (Ribeseya). Around the original tower of 4 heights, 5 sections are attached, of 3 and 2 heights, forming an interior patio. It has an attached chapel -rectangular floor plan and a half-barrel vault- and a perimeter wall. The coats of arms of the Ruiz de Junco and Blázquez-Dávila lineages appear on the main façade. Since 1968 it has been adequately restored by its new owner Luis Blázquez.
Encarna Alvarez (11 months ago)
It is a beautiful palace, at least what you see from the outside and I sense that the interior must be very beautiful. It has sea views from its completely walled gardens.
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