The Palace of the Magdalena was built by popular subscription to host the King Alfonso XIII and his family at their summer vacation. This eclectic style mansion, was built in 1909 and 1911, located on the peninsula of Magdalena in Santander. The architects who carried out his work were Javier Gonzalez and Gonzalo Bringas Vega Riancho. The palace is surrounded by woodland areas and ample gardens
The Palace of the Magdalena is one of the most emblematic buildings in northern Spain and the most illustrious of Santander
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The construction of the Palacio de la Magdalena was municipal initiative and popular subscription to give away a summer residence for the Kings Alfonso XII and Victoria Eugenia.
These Kings occupy as usual way until the proclamation of the Second Republic. Starting from this date the palace was deteriorating due to the different uses which was held, like the International Summer University, hospital or home for the victims of the 1941 fire.
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In 1941 the castle reverted to the royal family in the figure of Don Juan’s son Alfonso XIII and Count of Barcelona. In 1977 Don Juan de Borbón sold the palace and the peninsula of Magdalena to the City Hall coming back finally to its original owner. In 1995 a integral reform of the palace is completed. Today the palace is host to summer of the Menéndez Pelayo International University in addition to a venue for conferences and meetings.
The Palace of the Magdalena is a building in eclectic style (combination of several styles), with English and French neoclassical influences besides the influences of the baroque-montañes. Popularizing a Cantabrian regionalist eclectic-sub-style. In the building you can appreciate a asymmetrical facade with alternating incoming and outgoing and with two towers of different heights. Presents cut cornices with two levels of dormers contrasting with the slate roofs.
The Palace of the Magdalena was declared in 1982 “Historic-Artistic Monument.” Presents two main entrances, one on the north portico and the other in the southern facade which is located between the two main towers, with a staircase two ways.
The different elements of the palace make it a svelte and elegant building, where the gaps in the facade awarded it a bright and unique aesthetics.
Other notable places are the mews and the Auditorium of the Madeleine, currently auditorium.
Inside the palace highlight its main staircase and dependencies as lounges, dispatches outstanding among which a “Adam” style salon
In these dependencies are preserved some pictures of interest by authors such as Sorolla, Benedito or Sotomayor and others. The collection of furniture, pictures and tables are an excellent decoration that lead us to the early decades of the twentieth century.
The Palace of the Magdalena you can visit Saturday in schedule: 10: 00h.- 11: 00h. – 12: 00h. – 16: 00h. and 17: 00h and Sunday Times: 10: 00h. – 11: 00h. and 12: 00h.
The ticket prices are € 3 individual. To arrange group visits must call 942 20 30 84 and admission is 3 €, (if more than 20 people will need to hire an official guide of Cantabria).
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