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Salamanca in Municipality of Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

The House of the Inquisitor

 
 
The House of the Inquisitor Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2018
1. The House of the Inquisitor Marker
Inscription.
Casa del Inquisidor
Edificio Histórico
Este espacio constituye uno de los pocos ejemplos que hay en Salamanca de arquitectura civil barroca. Se cree que su construcción se inició a finales del siglo XVIII y principios del XIX, lo cual apunta a que fue una de las primeras fincas construidas en la Villa.

A pesar de las modificaciones que se le han hecho, la casa aún cuenta con detalles que revelan la majestuosidad de su pasado, como la pilastra con un nicho que se encuentra en la fachada de cantera y el patio interior con su arcada barroca, muy parecida a la que ostenta el Portal José Rojas Garcidueñas, de Jardín Constitución.

Sobre el nombre con el que popularmente se le conoce a esta casa se ha especulado mucho: algunos afirman que, en afecto, en ella vivió un miembro del Tribunal del Santo Oficio; sin embargo, otros aseguran que en Salamanca no hubo nunca Inquisición. Hasta ahora no se sabe con certeza de dónde proviene el nombre de esta Casa del Inquisidor, que también es conocida como Casa del Diezmo.

English translation:
The House of the Inquisitor
A Historic Building
This space is one of the few examples of baroque civil architecture in Salamanca. It is believed that its construction began in the late eighteenth and
The House of the Inquisitor and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2018
2. The House of the Inquisitor and Marker
This view is towards the northwest at the house and marker.
early nineteenth centuries, which suggests that it was one of the first large houses built in the town.

Despite the modifications that have been made, the house still has details that reveal the majesty of its past, such as the pilaster with a niche that is found in the quarried-stone facade and the interior patio with its baroque arcade, very similar to that of the José Rojas Garcidueñas Portal of the Jardín Constitución (the Main Garden Square, nearby).

The name by which this house is popularly known is the subject of much speculation: some say that a member of the Tribunal of the Holy Office (also known as the Inquisition) lived here; however, others claim that there was never an Inquisition in Salamanca. Until now it is not known with certainty where the name of this house comes from. Interestingly, it is also known as the Casa del Diezmo (The House of the Tithe).
 
Erected by Municipalidad de Salamanca y Estado de Guanajuato.
 
Location. 20° 34.179′ N, 101° 12.01′ W. Marker is in Salamanca, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Salamanca. Marker is on Calle Ignacio Allende just west of Calle Monterrey, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Calle Ignacio Allende 204, Salamanca, Guanajuato 36700, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8
The House of the Inquisitor and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2018
3. The House of the Inquisitor and Marker
This view of the house and marker is towards the northeast.
other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Main Garden or Constitution Square (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Parish Church of Salamanca (within shouting distance of this marker); Vasco de Quiroga (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Valtierrilla (about 120 meters away); The Ex-Convent of Saint Augustine (about 120 meters away); Hacienda of the Cañada de Ortega Sanctuary (about 120 meters away); The Lord of the Hospital (about 120 meters away); The Founders of Salamanca (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salamanca.
 
Categories. ArchitectureColonial EraMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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