Mendoza Tower

Mendoza Tower

Art & Culture

Cultural Heritage

Mendoza Tower is the typical example of fortified tower-house. Residence for more than a century of the Mendoza Family, one of the most distinguished families. Iñigo López de Mendoza ordered its construction in the early 13th century. 


The tower, with civil Gothic features and five floors, stands out from the architectural framework and a wall surrounds the compound with four cubes in its corners. 


Once the Mendozas left the tower, it operated as a prison. In 1963 was restored and got back its ancient magnificence and it held the Museum of Alava's Heraldry until 2007, when it was closed to the public as it did not fulfil the accessibility rules. 


Information of interest

Type of resources
Castles, towerhouses and palaces
Monument type

Torre-vivienda fortificada

Mendoza, s/n - 01191 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Artistic style
13th century


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