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Casa de los Dragones, Ceuta

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Casa de los Dragones or House of the Dragons is an important landmark in the Spanish exclave of Ceuta on the north coast of Africa, and an extraordinary example of eclectic architecture. The house is on a corner of Kings Square.HistoryCommissioned in 1900 by Francisco Cerni González, Mayor of Ceuta between 1897 and 1903, in partnership with his brother Ricardo, the building was designed by Valencian architect José M. Cortina Pérez and completed in 1905.Perez was an eclectic architect who designed the bottom of the building from artificial stone, and as a pièce de résistance adorned the roof with bronze dragons. The house is on the corner of Paseo de Camoens and Millán Astray Street in Kings Square.The building was meant to take the name of the Cerni González brothers, but it became known as the House of the Dragons. This is a similar name to one of the architects 1901 works in his home town of Valencia which is called the Building of the Dragons The Valencia house also incorporates dragons, although more subtly, which also gives that house its name.The next owners of the house were the sons of Ricardo Cerni González. The Spanish Falange party had their offices here after the 1936 revolution. The house was sold in 1946. The facade was repaired at the expense of Salomón Benhamú Roffé in 1973 and 1996.
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  • The style of the building is quite unique and unusual. It is best viewed from the square in front of it. 
  • It is almost in the Plaza de los Reyes near Calle Real, the street of the preppies and Ceuta bourgeoisie. Front by front with the rancid Casino military.
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  • . Africa? Is this really Africa? This extraordinary building looks as though it has come out of Eastern Europe. Pre-Communism, of course, as it is most certainly not utilitarian in design! Get a seat ...  more »
  • the coolest house in the city. I was not expecting this
  • its a nice place
  • Site emblematic of Ceuta, too bad not giving you a different from the simply deal with utility shops
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  • You don't expect it, and you love what you see.
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  • Typical of ceuta
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