Inn of Hermandad

The building was erected as headquarters and prison of the Santa Hermandad (Holy Brotherhood), an organisation of medieval origin, of livestock farmers to protect the paths and fields from bandits and thieves.

It was recognised as an institution by the Catholic Monarchs. It was dissolved at the end of the XVIII Century, and that was when the building was sold and it became the inn that bears its name. The entrance, typical Toledo gothic-Mudejar, is decorated with the secret signs of the Brotherhood: two "workers" or crossbowmen, who flank the wooden coat of arms of the Catholic Monarchs.

This is the only remaining building from that age of civil architecture and public use that has never had any religious character. A large hall on the upper floor is especially striking, being an old courtroom decorated with wall paintings, repeating the motif of the crossbowmen.

In the cellars the dungeons are still preserved, with three vaulted cells that lead out onto an inner courtyard, the narrow staircase being the only access and exit impossible.

Currently it houses a Municipal Arts Centre and is used for administrative uses.

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