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Palacio Urgoiti

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Also known as Palacio del Gallo or as Palacio de Adán de Garza, Palacio Urgoiti was built by Don Miguel Vélez de Larrea in the late Seventeenth century in Galdakao, and has always belonged to the Adán de Yarza lineage.

Palacio Urgoiti was originally located in Galdakao, 9 miles from Mungia. Its strategic location dominated the roads to Arratia and Zornotza, which meant it was at the centre of different important events in the history of Biscay and a meeting point for illustrious visitors, such as Prince Don Carlos de Borbón.

Many members of the Adán de Yarza family lived in these palaces or the towers that preceded them, such as Rodrigo Adán de Yarza, who played his part in the area’s history as the mayor in 1338.

Palacio Urgoiti


Stone by stone

In 1968, with the construction of the motorway from Bilbao to Behobia, the palace was expropriated and demolished despite the insistent petitions by the owner to the authorities to stop it. And so, it was the owner José María Solano Gil-Delgado Adán de Yarza who decided to disassemble it and number every stone. The stones were kept for 30 years awaiting the time that they could be rebuilt again.

In 1983, the Basque Country endured one of the worst floods of our era, which affected the potential reconstruction of the palace due to the loss of the plans and deterioration of the stones. After recovering some of the plans that managed to be saved, a slow and long process of ordination, classification and cataloguing of the stones that made up the original building began: each stone was measured, as if they were starting a puzzle from scratch.

Palacio Urgoiti


Three centuries in the same family

In 2004, the authentic reconstruction of Palacio Urgoiti began, by placing the first stone. This exemplary reconstruction used noble materials and maintained the original style and design of the old palace, which allows us to keep enjoying this gem of Biscay’s palatial architecture.

It must not be forgotten that, after three centuries, Palacio de Zubieta and Palacio Urgoiti still belong to the same family.