Palacio Ducal de Medina Sidonia

Palacio Ducal de Medina Sidonia | Source: Texts: Ayuntamiento de Sanlúcar. Photos: Destino Cádiz.

The Palacio Ducal de Medina Sidonia (Ducal Palace of Medina Sidonia) in Sanlucar de Barrameda is a beautiful building whose origin lies in the known as Alcázar Viejo, residence used by Guzmán el Bueno to seat the Lordship of Sanlucar, obtained at the end of the 13th century.

It retains from that era some Hispanic-Arabic elements that have resisted the different remodeling’s and expansions that the Palace has undergone, since its conversion into the residence of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia in the 16th century.

The successive enlargements and reforms made in the original Palace currently show a building with various decorative styles. The Renaissance style is very evident and we can find some Baroque spaces which were very typical in the Andalusian architecture.

The beautiful gardens are spread around the palace, differentiating various areas of implementation.

Today the Palace preserves the archive of the Ducal House of Medina Sidonia and is home to the ‘Foundation Medina Sidonia’, being home to a very important historical archive.


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