Jerez de la Frontera – Domecq Palace
Built between 1775 and 1778 by the Marquis of Montana, the Domecq Palace is considered a perfect example of the typical Barroque Jerez mansion house of the time.
The building itself has become a landmark here in the city, not only due to its artistic characteristics but also thanks to its historical importance.
It forms an indisputable part of the unique urban landscape of the city centre, built on two floors with a main façade surrounding a highly decorated portico.
The interior is distributed around a marblecolumned patio of richly decorated arches.
The building is situated free-standing and has a practically square floor plan, with an almost symmetrical internal layout. Its volumetric composition is clear, practically palalelepípedo, showing to the outside its layout on two floors differentiated by two types of holes and delimited by cornices. Then the sobrado, of lower height and in which holes are opened topped with bars. The main facade is made up of balconies with very busy plants with roof tiles and slate dust covers, the main portal standing out for its composition and size.
The cover is arranged in two sections separated by a large balcony with a very busy floor plan that follows the general one. It has chamfered pilasters and Solomonic columns in its two upper thirds. The mixtilinear baquetón that surrounds the door and the balcony and other decorative motifs are a sign of the immediate Sevillian influence, a circumstance that can also be seen in the ornamentation of the arches of the patio.
The interior layout is developed around a square-shaped courtyard at the bottom of which an imperial staircase opens through a triple arcade on a group of columns, between which there is access to the garden.
The rest of the dependencies are located in the perimeter bays. The palace can be considered one of the most notable examples of Baroque civil architecture in Jerez.
It is currently owned by the Domecq sherry company. Read more…