This is an annexed building to the Seminary of Saint Philip Neri, which also forms part of the International University of Andalusia.

This Palace was ordered to be constructed by Juan Alfonso de Benavides Manrique, Lord of Jabalquinto and cousin of the king Ferdinand the Catholic, married with Mrs. Beatriz de Valencia Bracamonte. Their son Manuel got married with Luisa Manrique, daughter of the famous Spanish poet Jorge Manrique, whose daughter Isabel got married with the count of Benavente, Antonio Alonso Pimentel de Quiñones.

The building has had different uses. In 1720, it stopped being a manor house after being ceded to the Seminary of Saint Philip Neri to become a hall of residence. Some rooms and certain ecclesiastic protocol privileges were reserved to the palace owners.  Nevertheless, in 1836, the State confiscated the building. In the 70s, it was used as Minor School and, during the 90s, it was the headquarters of the Vocational Training Centre of Patrimony Restoration on Baeza.

The most interesting element from this building would be its façade, which could remind you to the Towers’ House in Úbeda due to its ornamentation. In this case, the shells have been replaced by tips, pineapple nails, fronds, rosettes and bows. The most outstanding elements, without any doubt, are the innumerable pinnacles that the façade has. Also, you can observe some founders heraldic coats of arms. The door, placed between Gothic pinnacles, creates an ogee arch surrounded by two trunks where you will see fourteen little human figures. The second body windows should be also pointed out as the same as the third floor gallery and the columns that end like a bay window. A polychrome coffered ceiling of the period can be observed in the rooms in which there are placed these bay windows.

Inside, you should carefully observe its wonderful Renaissance courtyard with double arcade, marble columns and coats of arms on the spandrels. The lower part of the second gallery body is formed by an alternation of rectangles and balusters.

You cannot leave without seing its spectacular Baroque staircase, monumental one, characterized by its numerous decorations: stems, balusters, volutes… and its hemispherical vault.

As a curiosity, on the Assembly Hall six columns with their Roman capitals have been preserved which proceeded from the disappeared Saint John temple.

Finally, it is important to know that the design of the building is attributed to Enrique Egas, the façade to Juan Guas and the master builder was Pedro López.

Precio de la entrada

Free entry.