The Museum of the Cortes of Cadiz was born as a reference for the initiatives carried out in the city to commemorate the First Centenary of the Constitution of 1812, the first in the History of Spain.
The then mayor of the capital of Cadiz, Cayetano del Toro, promoted the purchase in 1909 of two urban estates to create the Iconographic and Historical Museum of the Cortes and Sitio de Cádiz, which opens on October 5, 1912.
Museum of the Cortes of Cadiz
The building was designed by the architect Juan Cabrera Latorre, who conceived a facade of neoclassical inspiration centered on a balcony flanked by giant ionic columns of giant order. In the interior elements of the architecture of the iron are used, emphasizing the stairs, of imperial order, that serves as union between the two main rooms.
The Iconographic and Historical Museum of the Cortes and Sitio de Cádiz, which is its full name, houses abundant objects from the 18th and 19th centuries, mostly related to the siege of the city by the Napoleonic troops between 1810 and 1812 and with the promulgation of the Constitution of 1812 .: weapons, copies of constitutions, medals, flags …
Among his valuable pieces stands out the model of the city of Cádiz, of mahogany and ivory, made by the military engineer Alfonso Jiménez in 1777 by order of Carlos III. The model, of great size, has a high value for the historical and urban knowledge of the capital of Cadiz, as well as to verify that the layout of the 18th century Cádiz remains practically intact to this day.
Note also the large canvas that represents the enactment of the Constitution of 1812, the work of Salvador Viniegra.
Tuesday to Friday from 09.00 to 18.00.
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays * from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
* Open holidays: February 28, August 15, October 12, December 6 and 8.