Convento de San Gil, Toledo
The Covento de San Gil currently houses the Cortes of Castilla-La Mancha (the parliament). It was a convent and currently a government building located in the city of Toledo (Castile-La Mancha, Spain) dated to the 17th century. The Dicalced Franciscans, or gilitos, arrived to this city in the middle of 16th century, establishing it in 1557 in the vicinity of the Ermita de la Virgen de la Rosa. Later, in the early-17th century, two brothers, Francisco and Juan de Herrera, donated to the friars 16,000 ducats for the construction of the new convent.
The works began in 1610, and the master of masonry Martínez de Encabo promised to work the church and the convent in four years.
Very likely the tracerist of the work was Juan Bautista Monegro, whi with Martínez de Encabo worked in the iglesia de San Pedro Mártir.
The convento de los Gilitos, as it is locally known, is a notable example of the simplicity and sobriety of the Toledan architecture of the early 17th century.
In this building in 1863 the provincial prison of Toledo was installed, this use lasted until 1931. Then was a barracks for the Guardia Civil and after, a fire station. Currently since 1985 the convent is the seat of the Cortes of Castilla-La Mancha.
In plan, the building consists of two areas: The church, located on the east facade, and the convent area, which is distributed around a courtyard. All this forms a rectangle, to which, according to Chueca Goitia, in a later period, another body in an east-west direction.
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