House of the Cannons
This house in Liérganes is named “the cannons” referring to the cannons that decorate its corners, a reminder of the activity of the old Royal Artillery Factory. The building was constructed in the first half of 18th century, on the land of Sir Domingo de la Cantolla Miera, Knight of Santiago and secretary of the King’s Council. It is one of the first 18th century buildings in the region, although the integration of the embellished entrance and the balcony are an advance towards Baroque.
The building follows the construction patterns of Madrid secular architecture from those years. It is a two storey house, with a ashlar masonry facade in the arched door which has doorposts with cushioned ashlar masonry, notable for their mannerist inspiration. The facade is occupied by a large forged iron balcony and the emblem of Cantolla Miera, with ornaments, mantlings and flower motifs, on top of the Cross of Santiago, surrounded on two quarters by an embroidery of seven scallops.