Patio de Recepción.
The Reception Courtyard was designed to create the main entrance to the palace. Being visible from the square onto which it opens, and along with the façade, was to impress and to demonstrate that the palace was home to the nobility. The harmony between architecture and gardening of this courtyard have turned it into one of the most popular images of Viana.The courtyard is surrounded by a portico of 16 Tuscan columns and a two-storey building with its window frames painted the classic “Viana blue”. Curiously, when the courtyard was built, two of its porticoes were just architectural screens to hide parts of the house cut off from the palace or that they did not own.The Reception Courtyard therefore does what it was originally designed to do, creating an exquisite antechamber for the rest of the palace. It is a sober area in which particular care has been taken to impress without going over the top, seeking to find a balance between the renaissance architecture of the structure and the flowers used to add colour.