The front facade decorated with shellsBuilt at the end of the fifteenth century by Rodrigo Arias de Maldonado, a knight of the order of Santiago, this city palace is decorated with more than 300 scallop shells.. The shells on the front of the house allude to that order since the scallop shell is traditionally associated with St. James--Santiago.
|This building is a good example of the secular Gothic style, with clear influences from Italian civic architecture.|
The Maldonado coat of armsThe Maldonado coat of arms appears on the walls and around the windows. It features five fleur-de-lis and is supported by angels, lions, and other creatures and is sometimes circled with laurel. Note the colonette-style window, known in Spanish as ajimez, and Gothic grilles over two of the windows.
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