History of Casa de Tepa
This exceptional civil building was the Earl of Tepa’s usual residence until its last renovation. The Earls ordered the construction of this building at the end of the 18th century –as inscribed on the main door’s lintel. Right here there was the Convent and the Pilgrims Hospital of Santiago, the most important out of the 17 hospitals that happened to be in the city at that time.
Casa de Tepa has gone through several stages of splendour and decline throughout the history, being seriously damaged during the Independence War. When Napoleon came to Astorga to help French troops in the city siege, he stayed at this home after the conquest.
At the beginning of the 20th century -and reigning Alfonso XIII- an ancestor of the current owner, marquess of Alhucemas, President of the Cabinet, celebrated and chaired in the present dinning-room on the first floor a Cabinet meeting.