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.