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Palace of the Ongay-Vallesantoro family

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Palace of the Ongay-Vallesantoro family
A beautiful Churriguresque façade from the 17th century, a monumental carved wooden eave and several ornamental details from colonial art from Mexico and Peru are some of the most significant elements of the Palacio de Ongay-Vallesantoro, now the Casa de Cultura of Sangüesa, a town in the Central Zone of Navarre.

Built in the Baroque style, this noble three-storey building has a simple façade of exquisite beauty. Spend a few minutes and try to locate the sirens and other figures of fantasy. If you have time, go inside the palace and walk up the inner staircase, with its fine wooden balustrade supported on a number of columns.

Located in calle Alfonso el Batallador in Sangüesa, in the Central Zone of Navarre, the Palace of the Ongay-Vallesantoro family and the ancient residence of the Marquises of Vallesantoro, is a Baroque building from the end of the 17th century.

Following the construction style of the time, the palace consists of a ground floor of building stone and upper floors of brick. At the top is a magnificent eave, reflecting the power and importance of the family. This construction style, giving the ground floor great solidity, was repeated throughout Sangüesa because the catastrophic floods of 1787 destroyed all the houses except those built in this way.

The three-storied Palacio de Vallesantoro has a great Churriguresque façade with a dintelled entrance of exquisite beauty, salomonic (twisted) columns with Corinthian capitals and figures of sirens. In the upper floors there are two balustrated balconies. Admire the magnificent coat of arms of the family rounded off with a triangular crowning arch that appears carved between the columns.

The building, which combines Baroque with some ornamental elements of colonial art from Mexico and Peru, has one of the most spectacular wooden eaves in Navarre. Thirteen dog figures emerge from the dark wood to represent animals of fantasy with human heads in their mouths, as well as flowers, exotic fruit, Indians and a number of grotesque figures.

If you have time, go inside the palace and walk up the staircase, with its rich wooden balustrade supported on grooved, gilded and salomonic columns with Doric and Ionic capitals. You may find some cultural activity going on inside, because ass home to the Casa de Cultura (Cultural Centre), the palace's installations are use for the programme throughout the years. It is also one of the places where activities under the Cultur programme are commonly held.
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Otoño: de martes a sábados, de 11:30 a 14:00 y de 18:00 a 21:00. Domingos y festivos, de 12:00 a 14:00. Día 20 de enero cerrado. Este horario puede variar en función de las actividades programadas.

Invierno:

  • Se mantiene el horario habitual.
  • Días 24 y 31 de diciembre por la tarde, 26 de diciembre, 1 y 6 de enero cerrado.
  • Este horario puede variar en función de las actividades programadas.

PRICES

Remarks: entrada gratuita.

Guided visit

Description: consultar con Gesartur (622305052) y/o Sangüesa Tour (620110581).

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