Laredo Palace is a mixture of architectural, sculptural and decorative archetypes and elements, inspired by different styles but dominated by the neo-Mudejar style. The building is a set of rooms, towers and viewpoints, porches, terraces and gardens.Visitors will find rooms inspired by the Alhambra (plasterwork, tiles, coffering), by Pompeian frescos (paintings and painted fabrics) and by the Plateresque tradition, and with Modernist, Gothic, Renaissance, Nasrid and Moorish decorative motifs in general.

Laredo includes pieces from other monuments in other places, including coffering and small vaults from the Palace of the Condes de Tendilla; vaults and columns from the Castle of Santorcaz; Spanish-Moorish tiles form the Palace of Peter I in Jaén; and columns from the Monte Loranca Jesuit Penitentiary, amongst others.

It is currently a museum dedicated to Cardinal Cisneros, and contains a documentation centre and a specialised library which includes documentary and bibliographic sources relating to the history of the University of Alcalá.

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Founded: 1880-1882
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Spain

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José Sandín (17 months ago)
Located quite close to the Railway station, this architectural gem, is one of the main features of this town you may see upon your arrival. Laredo’s Palace is a wonderful Neo-Mudéjar building with a romantic nineteenth-century backyard, built in a time where its own architectural style was already out of fashion. You can’t miss this beautiful oddity if you’re visiting Alcalá.
Arnette Round The World Girl (19 months ago)
Walked by here from the train station. Looks fantastic from the outside but you cannot purchase tickets here. You have to buy them at the university. So myself and 3 other ladies just left because we weren’t going to be going to the university. Stars stars for the beautiful facade but loss of stars for inconvenience.
AGUSTIN LOPEZ LEGARDA (19 months ago)
It' s a building from The beginning of XX century but with Arabian Architecture. A visit is recommended.
Dan Virtopeanu (19 months ago)
The palace and the univesity are a must see in Alcala
ines Carrasco (21 months ago)
Expectacular
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