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General view of the Archive of Simancas in 1858. Photo Clifford, Charles, 1819-1863 Archivo General de Simancas, MPD, 16, 231 © The General Archive of Simancas

The General Archive of Simancas

Registration year: 2017
Submission year: 
2016
Collection ID: 
2016-32

The General Archive of Simancas is an archival project conceived by Philip II in 1580. The project was designed and constructed by the royal architect Juan de Herrera, and was the first custom-built archive. It preserves coherent documentation created by the political and administrative structures of the Spanish Monarchy until the 19t Century, including the Habsburg Councils, the Bourbon Secretariats and the Treasury department. The archive holds important information on the global history; providing complete and in detail information on the European and global territorial history from the 16th to the 19th century.

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Panoramic view current of the Archivo General de Simancas Archivo General de Simancas. © General Archives of Simancas
Panoramic view current of the Archivo General de Simancas Archivo General de Simancas
© General Archives of Simancas

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© The General Archive of Simancas, General view of the Archive of Simancas in 1858. Photo Clifford, Charles, 1819-1863 Archivo General de Simancas, MPD, 16, 231
General view of the Archive of Simancas in 1858. Photo Clifford, Charles, 1819-1863 Archivo General de Simancas, MPD, 16, 231
© The General Archive of Simancas

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© General Archives of Simancas, Juan de Herrera Hall. Archivo General de Simancas. 1573.
Juan de Herrera Hall. Archivo General de Simancas. 1573.
© General Archives of Simancas

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© General Archives of Simancas, Cube of King Philip II. Archivo General de Simancas. 1567.
Cube of King Philip II. Archivo General de Simancas. 1567.
© General Archives of Simancas

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© General Archives of Simancas, San Lorenzo [de El Escorial]. Instructions to Government of the Archive Simancas dictated by King Philip II. Archivo General de Simancas, ARC, 34, 1, 18. 1588, August, 24.
San Lorenzo [de El Escorial]. Instructions to Government of the Archive Simancas dictated by King Philip II. Archivo General de Simancas, ARC, 34, 1, 18. 1588, August, 24.
© General Archives of Simancas

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© General Archives of Simancas, [1617] Sketch of the castles of the dominions of the King of Arabia and others on the Rivers Tigris and Euphrates. Archivo General de Simancas, MPD, 7-157.
[1617] Sketch of the castles of the dominions of the King of Arabia and others on the Rivers Tigris and Euphrates. Archivo General de Simancas, MPD, 7-157.
© General Archives of Simancas

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© General Archives of Simancas, 1605, February, 26. Naples. Plant of the city of Alejandria. Archivo General de Simancas, MPD, 49-43.
1605, February, 26. Naples. Plant of the city of Alejandria. Archivo General de Simancas, MPD, 49-43.
© General Archives of Simancas

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© General Archives of Simancas, 1616, January, 28. Naples Bizerte plane sent to the King Philip III by Count of Lemos. Archivo General de Simancas, MPD, 11-33.
1616, January, 28. Naples Bizerte plane sent to the King Philip III by Count of Lemos. Archivo General de Simancas, MPD, 11-33.
© General Archives of Simancas
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