Santiponce Itálica


An immense legacy waiting to be discovered

Alcantara Palace


Of this old mansion belonging to one of the most noble families of Ecija only the doorway remains. According to records, during the second quarter of the 18th century, the master builders Lucas Bazán and Pedro Lozano de la Torre took part in the refurbishment works commmissioned by the 4th Marquis of Alcantara del Cuervo, Don Manuel de Villavicencio y Castrillo, in his main houses.

The façade is built in brick and clay, with a wide double-arched balcony and a magnificent carved stone doorway from the second third of the 18th century. The cornice supports a wrought iron balcony, flanked by a split pediment between Ionic pilasters, with the coat of arms of the Marquis of Alcantara in the centre. The Palace was converted into a school in the 20th century.

Today, it is the headquarters of the UNED (Open University), the Language School, the Association of Friends of Ecija and the "Luis Vélez de Guevara" Royal Academy of Science, Fine Arts and Literature.


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