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Captain’s Baroque House

Martín de Rentería y Uranzu, born in the last third of the 15th Century and known as "el capitán de la Renteria" (the captain of Errenteria), is responsible for the name of this 17th Century Baroque house.

This is a terraced building of rectangular ground plan with a gable roof perpendicular to the principal facade with sandstone ashlar bonding. Although it initially had a ground floor and two stories separated by flat roofs, the upper part has suffered a great deal of alteration, meaning that the floors are no longer at their original height and the openings interrupt the flat roofs. The openings on the ground floor serve as the entrance to a bar while the upper openings have balconies. The most interesting feature is the coat of arms bearing the word "Iturriza".

The left-hand side stands out for its clean stone and carved corbel eaves. It has an asymmetric coat of arms of the same style, reading "Uranzuy". There is one single row of openings reproducing a linteled entranceway on the ground floor, and projecting balconies with forged iron railings on the first and second floors. Currently the left side of the building has been restored to accommodate the Costume Center on its 3 floors. The ground floor also preserves two original arches, and this area now serves as the reception and temporary exhibition area of the museum.
On the next 3 floors you can learn about the evolution of costumes among the centuries, discovering the history of Fashion and the way of dressing in the Basque Country.

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