El Palenque will manage the Charles V Interpretation Centre in Laredo


The opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00.


The Cultural Association El Palenque de Laredo, in collaboration with the Laredo Town Council, is in charge of the reopening of the Interpretation Centre on ‘The Last Disembarkation of Charles V’, belonging to this network of routes. The established visiting hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 14:00 in the morning, and from 17:00 to 20:00 in the afternoon.

The centre, which is located in the Puerta de San Lorenzo, includes an exhibition that allows visitors to learn about the time of Emperor Charles V, the moment of his arrival in Laredo and curiosities of different kinds.

Thus, for example, you can enjoy a replica of the ship Espíritu Santo in model form, which is the ship on which the emperor arrived in Laredo. From it he would leave to set foot on a land – the Playa de la Salvé – where he exclaimed the now famous phrase «Hail, common mother of all mortals, to you I return, naked and poor, in the same way that I came out of my mother’s womb. I beg this mortal spoil which I dedicate to you forever, and let it rest in your bosom until that day which will put an end to all things human».

Another of the curiosities that can be seen in this interpretation centre is a 16th century bronze cannon that was recovered from the bay of Laredo.
But, without a doubt, the most striking exhibits are the clothes worn by the emperor and his sisters, as well as the typical costumes of the time worn by the inhabitants of Laredo, and a replica of the saddle in which the emperor travelled across the plateau to Yuste.

In short, an essential exhibition to learn about the time of Emperor Charles V and the mark he left in Laredo.

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