Walking through the streets of the historic center of Tordesillas you come across many mansions and palaces, the result of the court activity during medieval times. They all follow the same construction design: Two-stories, stone and brick facades, balconies with wrought iron railings and crests on their facades. Some of the most significant are: The Houses of the Treaty (which now acts as a museum and tourist office), the Palace of the Alderete, Palacio del Corregidor (which is currently being turned into a restaurant), the Palace of Alfonso XI (opposite the Convent of Santa Clara ), and the Palace Square Rome (currently being restored).
This sixteenth-century Renaissance palace is currently the Secondary School Gómez Pereira, but its architecture has earned it the rating of historical artistic monument. It was built as a residence for Diego Beltran (Indian counselor), and designed by Luis de Vega, who was the architect of Carlos I.
Its facade is brick, in which the tower and stone cover are particularly outstanding, and above which the imposing heraldic shield of the House of Dueñas is displayed. The palace has a square floorplan, and although I could not see inside, they say that it has a beautiful coffered ceiling and a cloister, considered the jewel of the building for its stonework in its multiple arcs of the two floors. Right next to this palace is the Convent of the Carmelitas Descalzos, and opposite, the Convent of St. Mary Magdalene of the Augustinian MM.
This palatial mansion is located in the historical center, on Calle Almirante. Although it was built in the sixteenth century, it later became the property of the Mier family, hence the name by which it is known.
It has now been restored for private homes, which are arranged around a central courtyard with arcades, I found it to be a very quiet place with pleasant surroundings. You can access the patio by going through the monumental portico of the Palace of the Admiral.
This mansion is situated almost next to the Convent of Santa Clara. It is built out of stone, brick and mud, and on the facade you can see the royal crest. It dates back to the 14th Century, but has been renovated and is now private property, so you cannot visit the interior. On the back it has balconies that overlook the river Duero.
This building is located across from the Queen Isabella Memorial and was built in the seventeenth century using brick. It is two stories high, highlighting the balconies of the second floor and the arcades on the ground floor. Now the ground floor is occupied by a restaurant which has placed its terrace under the arcades.
However, the building's importance comes not from its architecture but from its history: in it was found the "actual weight" or "official weight", which guaranteed that the measurements and weights were correct, which is important for traders and merchants of the fairs that were held in the Plaza Mayor.