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Abbey Palace Museum

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When the population finally abandoned the high city of La Mota at the end of the 18th Century, the Abbot Esteban Lorenzo Mendoza y Gatica decided to leave the ancient palace and build a new one in the new expanding area of the city, the Llanillo. He took advantage of the existence of a manor house and in 1791 the work was completed, as displayed in the frieze of the façade. The new palace was built in the latter Baroque style, with certain Neoclassical touches reminiscent of the constructions of Lower Andalusia, which makes sense if we bear in mind that the Abbot was from Cadiz.

The new building was the end result of the aggregation of several structures, brought together by the single façade. This building was used until 1851, when the Abbey of Alcalá la Real was abolished. After years of uncertain future, it became the abbey archive and the home of the Archpriest of the Ecclesiastical Territory.

In 1927, the building became the property of the municipality, housing classrooms and other services. Much damage was suffered by the building during the Civil War, eventually being restored by the General Directorate of Devastated Regions to use it for other purposes. In 1959, it became the headquarters of the Official Centre of Middle School Education, to then become the Secondary School “Alfonso XI”. In 1995, the City Council and the Council for Public Works of the Regional Government of Andalusia began refurbishing the building for purposes more suited to the cultural demands of the city.

Of note inside the building are its courtyard with a three-part cloister, of which the first is an open arcade of twelve columns in the Tuscan style. The old private quarters of the abbot and the oratory, with its ornate flooring and plasterwork decorated vaults are also worth mentioning.

Nowadays it is the headquarters of the Elementary Conservatory of Music “Pep Ventura”, headquarters of the Alcalá la Real Museum and Tourist Information Office

Details about the place of interest

  • Address: Carrera de las Mercedes 0
  • Post code: 23680
  • Telephone: 953102868
  • Email: [email protected]
Aerial view of the abbey palace entrance.


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