A renaissance palace with a unique history.
The Palace of the Constables of Castille rises in the heart of the old quarter as an emblem of the town due to its great historical importance. Its construction was begun around 1500, initially as a fortified house for the Constables of Castille, the Fernández de Velasco family, by order of Bernardino Fernández de Velasco, because of his disagreements with the Duke of Nájera. However, in 1502, work was halted due to the disagreement of the Catholic Monarchs with the construction of a new fortress. Work did not restart until 1504, when Bernardino received authorisation to build, not a fortified house, but a palace-type building in which there would be no fortified elements, such as barriers or sentry boxes.