(b. 1488, Torrijos, Toledo, d. 1570, Toledo)

General view

Alcázar, Toledo

Covarrubias accepted commissions in other cities in spite of his duties at Toledo Cathedral. In 1537, together with Luis de Vega, he was chosen by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, to be surveyor to the fabric of the Alcázares (palaces) at Madrid, Toledo and Seville, a post he was to hold until 1569.

In 1543 Covarrubias began to remodel the medieval Alcázar of Toledo in a Renaissance style.

View the ground plan of the Alcázar, Toledo.

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