Palace of Don Lope
The Palace of Don Lope is located at Calle Dormer, 21. Since 1912 it has been the seat of the Real Maestranza de Caballeria of Zaragoza. There are guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 14H.
The building was built by Miguel Don Lope, an important and powerful lawyer, in the 16th century and is one of the best examples of the Renaissance architecture in Aragon. The façade is made of brick and there are three floors in the building, and includes an enclosed balcony. The eaves of the building call attention and were the work of Jaime Fanegas. The main door is topped with a semicircular arch. There is an upper gallery with arches. The interior patio has very rich ornamentation in plaster and uses Ionic columns on the bottom floor and Tuscan columns on the upper floor, and has a design of the Renaissance. The ceiling over the monumental staircase is made of wood and has a beautiful Mudejar design in the cupola. This was the work of Bernat Giner. There are stars, lace-like ornamentation, octagons, and medallions. There are three elaborately decorated salons that were used by the Real Maestranza for meetings. They were designed by Bernat Giner. In one of these salons there is a tapestry of Saint George and shows the saint with the dragon. This is the only tapestry showing the saint in Aragon. The palace was declared as a National Monument in 1931.