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Palacio del Marqués de Arcos Palace

Discover the Marquis of Arcos Palace and all the history within it in Old Havana, Cuba

Palacio del Marqués de Arcos Palace
Palacio del Marqués de Arcos Palace
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The Palacio del Marqués de Arcos Palace is located next to the Conde de Lombillo Palace, in Plaza de la Catedral Square of Old Havana, in the island of Cuba.

The Marquis of Arcos Palace was built in 1741 by Ignacio de Peñalver y de Cárdenas, father of the first marquis in the dynasty. He was in favour of the Crown during the settlement and occupation of Cuba by the British army. This is the reason why he acquired the title of marquis in 1742.

This building has two Baroque façades, the main façade facing Calle de la Merced Street, and maintains two beautiful rejería (grills) balconies with Doric columns above, as well as an Italian staircase in its interior.

For a period of time it was the Post Office as well the Artistic and Literary Lyceum.

Nowadays, it is one of the best-preserved palaces of Spanish Colonial Architecture on the island. It was restored by architect Luis Bay during the restoration of the Plaza de la Catedral Square.

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