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Casa Palacio de los Vives de Cañamas(Benifairó de los Valles)

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A typical house built by importing numerous materials from Italy to build the house and what must have been remarkable gardens. It was designed as a palace "in the style of Genoa" with semicircular arcades, false windows, decoration with cut stone and marble imported from Italy. Its garden had statues and fountains made of Carrara marble, and the remains that can still be visited today recall the splendor of the original project, being able to observe part of the arcades and pilasters attached to the walls, which make the complex one of the few examples of civil architecture of the Renaissance that are preserved in the Valencian Community.

The old Muslim farmstead of Benifairó was integrated, after the Reconquest, in the general term of Morvedre (Sagunto), only separating from the granting of the title of Baron of Benifairó to the Vives de Canyamàs family in 1471. The construction of the existing stately palace dates from the first decade of the 17th century. The Palace of Benifairó de les Valls was of great importance. It was a square building, with a central courtyard and towers at the four corners. Today only the northeast tower is preserved, mutilated at the top, and part of the north wing, with its facade facing the garden. Important documents and plans of the commissions made by Joan Vives de Canyamàs, between 1605 and 1615, to the Genoese architect Andrea Lurango, are preserved in the Archives of the Italian city of Genoa.

It is municipally owned and is catalogued as an Asset of Cultural Interest, with the typology of "Military Buildings - Fortified Agricultural or Residential Buildings", and the category of Monument, although for the moment it does not have a heritage inscription.

It is currently the headquarters of the house of culture.

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