Palacio Herrera

This palace, home of Don Agustín de Herrera y Rojas, I Marquis of Lanzarote , was the seat of the government of the island of Lanzarote from the 16th century onwards, until the various attacks carried out by the Berbers were seriously damaging it, ending up ruining it the invasion of Morato Arráez that occurred during the month of May 1618.  The palace of the marquises ceased to be used  as the island's administrative headquarters, probably at the end of the 17th century

The palace of the Marquis turned La Villa into the political and social center of the Canary Islands, it consisted of a large construction of great proportions, as evidenced by the significant number of pieces of wood that made up the framework of the roof, as well as the poles of the windows, doors and balconies; in addition to the important stonework supplied for its reconstruction. It occupied the back block of the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, bordering the current Callejón de la Sangre, Herrera y Rojas street, Espiritu Santo street and to the north with the limits of the old Mareta Grande de la Villa.< /p>

During the 19th century, another mansion was built that tried in vain to imitate the original and when the foundation work was being carried out, fragments of the old arcade were accidentally found in the subsoil. The size of the primitive house speaks of the fact that its surface is currently shared by six dwellings. Of this set, only one could be considered the true palace of the Herrera family, being found inside as a sign of archaeological identity, a stone with podomorphic engravings.

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