Palacio de los Condes de Toreno (Palace of the Counts of Toreno), Oviedo
This palace was built between 1673 and 1675 to a design by architect Gregorio de la Roza, who was commissioned to the job by the Malleza Doriga family. In 1786, José María Queipo de Llano y Ruiz de Saravia, 7th Count of Toreno and the former Prime Minister of Spain (in 1835), was born here.
The most distinctive features of this building are the asymmetrical, ashlar facade and the portal with columns and blazons arranged on each side of the central balcony, with openings in the form of arrow slits. Inside, there is a patio with Tuscan columns, as well as a monumental stone staircase on the right.
From 1958 to 1987, the palace housed the headquarters of the Provincial Public Library (together with the Library Coordination Center and the Provincial Historical Archive). Currently, it houses the headquarters of the Royal Institute of Asturian Studies.
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