Ciudad Real

Viso del Marqués

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Viso del Marqués
The Essential
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This unassuming town is the backdrop for this sumptuous Genoese-style palace, built in 1564 for Philip II's admiral, Álvaro de Bazán, Marquess of Santa Cruz, by the Italian architect Battista Castello (known as "Il Bergamasco"). Its austere façade belies an interior decorated with over 8 000m² of frescoes in the Salón de Portugal depicting the admiral's great victories and the 1581 annexation of Portugal by Philip II. The remains of Álvaro de Bazán were laid to rest in the palace's little chapel.