Palace, Museum sights in Spain
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The main remnant of Guadalajara’s glory days is the fabulous Palacio de los Duques del Infantado, where the Mendoza family held court. It’s one of Spain’s most striking buildings, with its elaborate studded flamboyant Gothic-Mudéjar facade and stunning patio, with carved heraldic lions and griffins above exuberant arches. It holds the local art museum, open shorter hours.
The haunting Casa de Pilatos, which is still occupied by the ducal Medinaceli family, is one of the city’s most glorious mansions. It’s a mixture of Mudéjar, Gothic and Renaissance styles, with some beautiful tile work and artesonado. The overall effect is like a poor-man’s Alcázar.
The staircase to the upper floor has the most magnificent tiles in the building, and a great golden artesonado dome above. Visits to the upper floor itself, still partly inhabited by the Medinacelis, are guided. Of interest are the several centuries’ worth of Medinaceli portraits and a small Goya bullfighting painting.