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10. Iturritza Palace

Here you’re halfway along Calle Correo, one of the busiest and most commercial streets in town. If there’s one thing Tolosa can be proud of, it’s the small shops. It is an open-air shopping centre, with all sorts of establishments, from hundreds of years old to contemporary, all carefully tended down to the last detail.

The street gets its name for having been the natural route taken by post and letter carriers on their way through Tolosa. Iturritza Palace is another of the important monuments worthy of note in this street. It dates from the 16th century, although a medieval tower house previously stood on the site. The palace was built on its foundations.

Like the nearby Lapaza House, it displays magnificent ashlar stonework and bricks from the municipal brickworks. The noble coats of arms on the facade corresponds to Miguel Pérez de Mendiola and Magdalena de Unanue, who gave the palace to the Order of the Poor Clares in 1612, where they stayed until Santa Clara Convent was built in 1666.

Continuing a little further on will bring you to the next stop: Plaza Verdura, or Vegetable Square.