|CASONAS AND PALACES||Casonas y Palaces
|Inquisitor Corro, hospital. (San Vicente de la Barquera)||In this period, there was a very
significant architectural change in Cantabria. Houses,
earlier made of wood, started to be built of stone, so
that the figure of the stonemason, essential from here
onwards, appeared. The stonemasons of Cantabria, and
particularly of Trasmiera, were acknowledged throughout
Spain for their skill and art in their craft. They
started from a very young age as apprentices with a
master with whom they set out on journeys through
Castile. The names of the stonemasons of Trasmiera are
among the most important in the construction of
cathedrals, bridges, churches and palaces throughout
The completely classicist style of the casona, characterised by the perfect classic arrangement in the structure of its fašade, first appears in 1553 in the hospital built by the Inquisitor Corro in San Vicente de la Barquera.
The Acebedo Palace in Hoznayo is an excellent Renaissance example. It was the most important building in Cantabria in the early 17th century.