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 foreign ministry or Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de España. 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.Sources History of the Palacio de Santa Cruz by Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores Palacio de Santa Cruz. Entrada de Madrid Histórico
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  • It was built for the purpose of being a prison and currently houses the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain. The building is located in the Porta do Sol, is well preserved and draws attention by its reddish color.
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  • It is a low-rise but emotional building facing Piazza Propincia. The varied father is also attractive. Even now, the national flag is flying, and it is amazing that it is functioning as a government agency.
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