Alonso de Covarrubias

Alonso de Covarrubias (Torrijos, Toledo 1488–1570) was a Spanish architect and sculptor of the Renaissance, active mainly in Toledo.

Alonso de Covarrubias
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Alcázar of Toledo. Main façade.
Alonso de Covarrubias

Died1570 (aged 82)
Known forArchitecture, Sculpture
Notable work
Tavera Hospital
Toledo Cathedral
Alcázar of Toledo Castillo de Canales Recas
MovementPlateresque, Spanish Renaissance


Covarrubias' works include:

His first work was associated with Antón Egas and Juan Guas, in a style the transition between late gothic and Plateresque. In the first years of his career he worked principally as a sculptor.

First works as architect:

In Toledo:

  • In 1534 he was named superintendent of the building program at Toledo Cathedral where he planned the New Kings chapel.
  • In 1537 Covarrubias and Luis de Vega were named architects of the Alcázar. Covarrubias built the main façade and the courtyard.
  • (1541- ) Designed and built the Tavera Hospital (Hospital de Tavera), one of his principal buildings.
  • 154_ The façade of Episcopal palace of Toledo
  • Rebuilt the Puerta de Bisagra Nueva.

Other important Works:



  • José Camón Aznar (1973). Arquitectura y orfebrería españolas del siglo XVI. Espasa Calpe. ISBN 978-84-239-5217-5.
  • Bertrand Jestaz (1995). The art of the Renaissance. Abrams. ISBN 978-0-8109-1948-8.