Palacio de Santa Cruz, Madrid

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The Palacio de Santa Cruz or Palace of the Holy Cross is a baroque building in central Madrid, Spain. It now houses the Spanish Foreign Ministry. It was used as a jail until the reign of Philip IV of Spain, when it was converted into a palace.


Construction was commissioned in 1629 by Philip IV to house both courts and jail facilities. The architect Juan Gómez de Mora worked on it from 1629-1636, and later other architects like José de Villareal, Bartolomé Hurtado García, and José del Olmo added elements.


In 1767 it changed from jail to the Palacio de Santa Cruz, due to its proximity to the church of Santa Cruz. A fire destroyed all but the facade in 1791.
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  • This is a historical building and it still houses the Ministry of Foreign affair. The architecture is nice and has an attractive pink color.  more »
  • Palacio de Santa Cruz is a really grand old building. It's an early 17th century baroque construction. Originally intended to be a gaol it later was remodelled and became a proper palace. Today this.....  more »

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