The Palace of the Constables of Castile of Burgos
The Palace of the Constables of Castile, also known as The Cord House
is a fifteenth century Renaissance palace even though it has suffered
numerous renovations over the centuries.
Throughout the building there are shields from the Velasco and Mendoza families,
the family Building owner: Pedro Fernández de Velasco, Constable of
Castilla and his wife Mencia de Mendoza y Figueroa.
Shields family are located on the façade
united by a Franciscan cord carved in stone, Francisco being the
man who gave him the nickname for building. The cords or chains
hung on the doors of the building indicated that there was
stayed a king.
An inscription on the facade also established that in 1497 the
Catholic Kings were in the house of Christopher Columbus when
he returned from his second trip to America.
Another historic moment that took place in the House of
Cord was the death of Philip 'The Handsome' eight days after his
arrival in Burgos. From this house came the convoy he traveled throughout
Castilla down to Granada where he was buried.
Today the Palace is home to the Constables of an entity
bank and you can visit the courtyard during bank hours.