Category Archives: Madrid Monumentos

Edificio Metrópolis of Gran Via

This impressive building in the corner of one of the busiest city roads might not be a top city museum or a stately palace that’s fit for a duke or king, but still, the Edificio Metrópolis (or the Metropolis Building in English) is one of the most visited edifices this part of Madrid. There’s no doubt about it. Its great fame is brought about by its location — the Metropolis belongs to both the touristic Madrid streets of Calle de Alcalá and Gran Via, apart from its uniquely captivating beauty, of course. In fact, the streets both claim to be the location of the edifice, albeit many agree that Gran Via is the appropriate address.

The amazing design was the work of prominent French architects Jules and Raymond Fevrier; the father and son design team was commissioned by the city administration to create an office building for use by La Unión y el Fénix insurance company. Finally, the building was open to the public in 1911.

Its current owner, Metrópolis Seguros, made sure no stone was left unturned during its rehabilitation process to ensure a complete restoration befitting what is to become one of the city’s major landmarks.

What makes the building a major attraction along the street of Gran Via is its Renassance-styled facade complete with a row of Corinthian columns. Definitely, the most photographed part of the edifice is the slate dome and the winged Victory statue. The latter was formerly a Phoenix to represent the earlier owners of the building.

Needless to say, Gran Via is not what it is – the most vibrant and exciting avenue of Madrid – without the iconic Edificio Metropolis. In fact, thousands of visitors every year who want to have a taste of what the stretch of Gran Via has to offer, starts their tour with the Metropolis. Nobody who visits Madrid’s own great white way goes thru it without having a good glimpse and shot of this beautiful building. The best, picture-perfect shots can be had in the evening when the night illuminations enhance it even further.

Location: Calle de Alcala 42 Madrid 28014

Nearest sights and attractions:

Plaza Mayor – Madrid’s premier square

Puerta del Sol – busiest Madrid plaza and one of the city’s tourist destinations

Palacio Cibeles – site of CentroCento, city center for the culture and arts

Gran Via and Calle de Alcala – the capital’s top touristic streets

How to go:

Metro station: Sevilla, Line 2; Gran Via, Lines 1 and 5; Sol, Lines 1,2, and 3; Banco de España, Line 2

Autobus (EMT): 1, 2, 5, 3, 9, 51, 52, 46, 53, 146, 74, 150, M1 and M2, N16, N18 and N19, N20 and N21, N26

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Faro de Moncloa, Madrid

You will find the Faro de Moncloa along the busy avenue of Arco de la Memoria, a tall 110-meter edifice recognized as one of the more important landmarks of the Moncloa-Aravaca neighborhood. Also known as the Moncloa’s Lighthouse, it was built just recently in 1992, with its beautiful design created by the Spanish architect Salvador Pérez Arroyo. His other important works include the restoration of the Casa de Panaderia, in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor.

Visit this university area of Madrid, at the district of Moncloa and Aravaca, and you are sure to encounter such a magnificent structure. If you are in the city’s northwestern portion, you will enjoy quite a glimpse of the lighthouse.

Why visit the Faro?

It is definitely worth climbing up the structure, that is, if you yearn to check up out various spots of the city from the sky. Of course, you don’t have to climb up the structure literally — available is the panoramic elevator that will take you to the highest possible spot of the faro where you’ll enjoy amazing views of Madrid.

Location: Avda Arco dela Memoria 28040, Madrid

Hours open to the public: Visitors are welcome to climb up the light house from 9:30AM to 8PM, Tuesday to Sunday. Normally, it is closed on Mondays except for a number of holidays, like Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. Check on its website to make sure it is open on the day you intend to tour the place. Last entry to the lighthouse is at 7:30PM. Conditions: Visit to the lighthouse will also be affected in case of inclement weather. In such case, the viewing deck will be closed to the public.ç

Entry fee:

1. Normal price is 3 euros
2. Half price will be availed by visitors between the age of 7 and 14, adults over 65, unemployed, and persons with disability and their companions.

How to go:

Metro: Lines 3 and 6 (Moncloa Station)
Autobus (EMT): 1, 16, 12, 44, 46, 82, 83, 61, 132, 133, 160, 161, 138, 162, C1, C2

Nearby sights and attractions:

Museo de America – a popular national Museum located along Avda de los Reyes Catholicos

Ejercito del Aire – the Air Force Ministry of Spain, situated along Calle Romero Robledo

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Valle de los Caidos

Have you been to the much talked-about and even maligned Valle de los Caidos? This gargantuan monument near Madrid, built at the time of Francisco Franco, is controversial as it has created a division in the Spanish political world. It was intended to represent of reconciliation among all quarters in the country, but still, many despise the monument because for them, it is the prime symbol of the Francoist regime. Hated or not, it is clearly one of the most important monuments here in Spain, and must be visited if only for its rich and hotly debated history.

The Basilica

One of most noticeable in the site is the basilica, composing of 6 chapels, all of which are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mother. Here you will find the place where Fransisco Franco and Falange founder José Antonio Primo de Rivera are buried – by the main altar.  A mass is celebrated every day in the basilica from 11:00 to 11:45.

The Cross

We are still far from the Valle de los Caidos, but already, the gigantic cross, can already visible. It is the most conspicuous monument in the site, which is understable as the cross is the largest in the world.  In fact, it can be seen from as far as 30 miles away. It is certainly a magnificent sight, and an assurance that more amazing things can be expected as soon as we arrived at the site.

A structure made of the finest concrete and metal to ensure utmost stability and strength, it stands tall at 150 meters, with 25 meters comprising the basement bearing the four evangelists  John, Luke, Mark, and Matthew. Each of the representation is 18 meters high and a creation of Juan de Ávalos.

Franco declared the basilica, which is a surviving symbol under his rule, to be a symbol that signifies the national act of reconciliation and atonement.

A bit of history

Valle de los Caidos, or the Valley of the Fallen, is a monument constructed in honor of all those who perished during the Spanish Civil War. It was a major project of Franco, the Spanish ruler at the time that the war happened

It was said that many of those who helped build the basilica were convicted criminals. They agreed to be part of the workforce because of an attractive compensation, which is, a reduction of the years they needed to be in prison.

Hence, while the monument was meant to serve as a resting place for the fallen soldiers, but it was said that those who perished during its construction were also buried there.

Travel by bus from Madrid

Take a trip to the Valle de los Caidos via Autocares Herranz Numero 664, stationed at the  Moncloa Interchange. The ride will bring you right by the huge gates of the monument’s Parada Cruce Cuelgamuros. From there, you will have to endure almost an hour of uphill walk. It is why it is convenient to go to the site using a private vehicle.

If you don’t have a ride, and wouldn’t want to walk up to the monument, a good option is to schedule your trip around lunch time and start at the San Lorenzo, where available is a C660A line that leaves for the basilica at around 3:15 in the afternoon. It is a single trip to the Valley of the Fallen, and available all days of the week except Monday. Hence, so make sure that you are on time. The same bus returns to its station two hours later.

Where located:

San Lorenzo de El Escorial Municipalidad , Sierra de Guadarrama

Schedule of Visit

October to March: 10AM to 5PM
April to September:  10AM to 6PM

Entrance tickets

9 euros

Official Website: Valley of the Fallen

5 Amazing Edifices of Epoch Habsburg’s Madrid de los Austrias

Old Madrid of the 1600’s experienced a major political upheaval when the city was occupied by Europe´s Imperial court of Habsburg. The Spanish Kings who reigned during this glorious epoch, likewise known as the House of Austria, were Kings Felipe II and Felipe III, with the latter tirelessly working to develop the urban aspect of the new center of Habsburg.

Fortunately, the legacy of this empire is very much visible today to one and all and everyone; the remnants of such glorious era are found in the midst of the capital. Which part of the city did the Casa de Austria occupy? This so-called ancient center of Madrid is situated along a significant portion of Calle Mayor, running towards the southern part.

And indeed, as I visited this particular stretch of the street, everything that represents the Madrid de los Austrias, is very much intact, what with the beautiful edifices built during those times well-preserved and in use. You hop from one splendid building to another, and you realized how grand the contribution of the Habsburg Empire is to the development of Madrid.

One only has to tread Calle Mayor, the end of which reaches Catedral de Almudena, and he will have a good glimpse of these Hadsburg edifices. Especially if you find yourself within Puerta del Sol and Plaza Opera, you are sure to have yourself immersed within the glorious Habsburg Era.

Here are 5 of Madrid de los Austrias must-see beautiful edifices:

1. Casa de la Villa

2018_012121_5902_531A must-see edifice of the Madrid Austria District is the Casa de la Villa. Day in and day out, locals and tourists alike troop to one of Madrid’s oldest squares, Plaza de la Villa, to wander around this historical area and appreciate the former town hall of the city. Constructed under the helm of Spanish builder Juan Gomez de Mora, Casa de la Villa did serve as the headquarters of Madrid’s city administration – but did you know that it once served as a prison to the incarcerated?

Direccion: Plaza de la Villa 5, Madrid 28005

Nearest Metro Stations: Vodafone Sol (Lines 1 to 3); Opera (Line 2, Line 5)

Nearest attractions: Mercado San Miguel

2. Casa de la Panaderia

2018_012121_5844_425What houses Madrid City Administration’s tourism office is the Casa de la Panaderia, standing in the middle of Plaza Mayor´s northern part. With porticoes in front and its two sides capped by towers, it advises tourists on which Madrid sights and attractions to visit. Damaged by the 1672 fire, this historical edifice underwent major repair and renovation. Take notice of how a marked portion of its facade is painted by semi-nude, somewhat mythical figures — they are said that to have been painted in order to compliment the rich history of of the city.

Nearest attractions: Casa de la Carniceria (also inside Plaza Mayor), bocadillo restaurants, Chocolateria San Gines

3. Real Casa de Correos

2018_012121_5938_277One of the most popular representatives of the Madrid de los Austrias is the Real Casa de Correos, an imposing building with an open tower, within which hangs a bell. Come midnight of December 31, revelers gather to witness the pealing of the bell 12 times, signaling the start of the New Year.

Direccion: Puerta del Sol

Metro Station: Sol (nearest station), Opera, Sevilla (all three belong to Metro Line 2), Callao (at Plaza de Callao, Metro line 3)

Nearby attractions: Plaza Callao

4. Casa y Torre de los Lujanes

2018_012121_5831_370These edifices have the distinction of being two of the oldest buildings in Madrid. Both are integral parts of the ancient Spanish square found along Casa Mayor called the Plaza de la Villa. The Torre de Lujanes is known to be the former prison of King Francis I, who was captured upon his defeat during the Battle of Pavia of 1525. And indeed, while the place is currently dominated by modern buildings and establishments, the square itself somewhat brings you back to centuries ago when it exudes power and authority.

Location: Within Plaza de la Villa of Austria District, Madrid

Nearest Metro Station: Sol, Opera

Nearby sights and attractions: Plaza de Santa Isabel II, Palacio Real

5. Palacio de Santa Cruz

imageThe old but beautiful edifice of the Austrian dynasty is the Palace of Santa Cruz. Formerly known as the ¨La Carcel de Madrid,¨ it did act as a former prison of the city, with convicted prisoners sent to the Plaza Mayor to be executed. Later on, it was turned into a palace to become a residence of Rey Felipe IV. Palacio de Santa Cruz is currently the home to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain.

Plaza Provincia Madrid 28012

Nearby attractions: Parroquia de Santa Cruz, Museo de Jamon

How to go

Metro Stations: Sol (Lines 1,2,3); Tirso de Molina (Line 1); Lavapies (Line 3); Opera (Lines 2,5); Sevilla (Line 2). All stations are a 5 to 15 minute walk to Calle Atocha.

Arco de la Victoria de Moncloa — Madrid’s Victory Arch

2018_032513_0630_156Spain, a country that has enjoyed immense world power and resplendence since centuries ago, is known for its magnificent landmarks and monuments, serving as testaments to such power. One of Spain´s more common monuments is the arch, an imposing structure that is known to stand as either a gateway to a city or a representation of a victory from a war or battle.

The Arco de la Victoria, located in Moncloa, Madrid, is a popular victory arch, and is considered to be one of the breathtaking Spanish arches.

While it is also referred to as the Puerta de la Moncloa, or the Gate of Moncloa, it wasn’t constructed to serve as the entry way to the barrio, much less Madrid. Albeit indeed, the huge arch looms over the area of one of the capital’s main entrance points, right in the midst of of Moncloa-Aravaca’s major thoroughfare, Avenida de la Memoria.

In fact, it was an ambitious project of Franco, the military general who ruled over the so-called Francoist Spain, as a way of reminding the Spaniards of one of his victorious 1936 battles that happened in the country’s then civil war — the battle of Ciudad Universitaria.

People compare it to two magnificent Puerta de Alcala Monument, albeit the latter has more arches, and the Arc de Triomphe of Paris, at Champs-Elysees. Franco commissioned Otero and Bravo Sanfeliu, two of the most celebrated architects of Spain during those times.

One will find on the apex of the structure the likeness of Minerva, riding a green chariot.

Visit the site:

2018_032513_0640_862You will find on the apex of the structure the likeness of Minerva, riding a green chariot

The best way to go there is via the Metro Station. Take either linea 6 or 3, both these lines stop at Moncloa Station. The station is found near the monument itself, along the Arco de la Victoria Avenue. .

What Moncloa landmarks and attractions to see after checking out Arco de la Victoria:

1. Museo de AmericaBe fascinated by this museum, where one can find the best and most extensive array of artifacts and art pieces from the USA and the rest of the Americas.

2. Ejercito del Aire Sprawled in a vast area of land strategically located within the Moncloa District is the former Air Ministry of Spain. Nearby is the Metro station and the observatory station, Faro del Moncloa.

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Madrid’s Fascinating Buildings: Real Casa de Correos

imageReal Casa de Correos is considered as one of the most imposing and grandiose edifices in all of Madrid. It dwarfs all others within Puerta del Sol, one of the city’s most popular squares. Also the oldest building around, the Correos is a major landmark that easily attracts visitors in throngs and busloads from all over, it being located right in the midst of Spain’s most touristy area.

While countless impressive spots are nearby — such as Plaza Mayor, Gran Via, Palacio de CibelesPalacio Real, and Plaza de Oriente, Casa de Correos is a major attraction in its own right, one that you must definitely see if you’re touring Madrid.

Built when

The building was the masterful work of Jacques Marquet, who used the Neo-classical style, one of the common architectural designs during those times. Construction dates was from 1760 up to 1768.

Real Casa has always been a government building. It was said to have been a post office in the beginning, hence its Spanish name. Afterwards, it became home to the Ministry of the Interior. At present, it serves as the seat of the Presidency of Community of Madrid (sede de la presidencia dela Comunidad de Madrid).

Kilometer zero

The Kilometro Cero at sidewalk of Real Casa de Correos, Puerta del Sol, MadridAnother reason to visit the Real Casa is the Kilometro Cero. In front of the building’s entrance, embedded on the sidewalk is this historic metal-crafted plaque. This symbol indicates the point leading to the major places in Spain. Kilometer zero is also the starting point of the major streets of Spain. You always measure the distance from this point to any other place in the country. And indeed, you would notice people milling around it, taking photos of their feet as they step on the Kilometer Zero marker.

Christmas tradition

Its best feature is the central tower that bears a 19th Century turret clock, made by the popular Spanish watch creator Losada. The Casa’s tower has always been the central attention of revelers every New Year’s Eve. Everyone gathers at the square, milling in front of the Casa Real, each bearing 12 grapes. It is a tradition to eat a piece of grape for every peal of the bell, continuing until all 12 had been consumed. As the clock strikes 12, the New Year is met by an impressive fireworks display as well as a major revelry throughout the plaza and the whole of Spain. The striking of the clock during New Year’s Eve is televised all around Spain.

imageIt is a popular landmark, especially on December 31 of every year when all roads lead to Plaza del Sol, and the building and clock tower becomes the center of attraction as the countdown to the new year is celebrated.

Location of Real Casa de Correos:

Puerta del Sol 7
28013-Madrid

How to go:

imageMetro Station: Sol (nearest station), Opera, Sevilla (all three belong to Metro Line 2), Callao (at Plaza de Callao, Metro line 3)

 Autobus: Number 51 (from Plaza del Pero and Principe de Vergara), Linea 3 (passes thru Puerta del Sol via Bravo Murillo up to Puerta de Toledo, Bus no 150 (from Principe de Vergara and Santiago de Bernabeu), Line 5 (paradas located along Paseo de Castellana)

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Casa y Torre de Lujanes: Two of Madrid’s Oldest Edifices

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It is a delight to be in the one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city of Madrid – this is the Madrid de los Austrias. If you still don’t know, the Austrian district is where you’ll find some of the most famous and visited attractions this side of Madrid. On top of the list are Plaza Mayor, the Casa de las Sieta Chimeneas, Royal Convent of the Incarnation, and the Palacio de Santa Cruz.

Another must-see is the Casa and Torre of the Lujanes, also in the Austria District, Madrid. It faces an equally popular and historical building, the Casa de la Villa. The Lujanes edifices are known as two of the oldest buildings in of Madrid. It is said that quite a number of generations of the Lujan family had occupied these buildings as residence.

Staring at the edifices as I stand in the middle of the Plaza de la Villa had me greatly astonished, as I am aware that it is like staring at monuments that had been  witnesses to an invaluable history of Spain of centuries ago.

imageThe Tower of Lujanes, situated along Calle del Codo. It houses the organization called the Real Sociedad Economica Matritense de Amigos del Pais

While the lanky tower’s height is average, did you know that it was once one of Madrid’s tallest buildings. Gaze at its peak and you’ll notice its turret. The design of its door, on the other hand, is obviously Mudejar, which was common style during those days. In fact, both edifices exhibit strong Mudéjar design, an evidence that this Muslim architectural design had been in used during the 15 century and even earlier in Spain.

imageThe sign at the facade of the Casa says “Plaza de la Villa 2 Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Politicas” refering to the group that is currently its tenant

The Casa de los Lujanes, the house, which possesses a patio in its interior, was rendered a major renovation by Juan de Luján during the last part of the 1400´s.

During its time, the Lujanes Tower was considered the tallest in the city. Its height proved to be helpful as the tower was utilized as a telegraphic station between the capital and nearby town Aranjuez.

imageDirectly in front of the two edifices is the Casa dela Villa, the Old Ayuntamiento of Madrid

The Torre de Los Lujanes acted as headquarters to a number of groups such as the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences; the Royal Academy of Natural and Physical Sciences and the Matritense Economic Society of Friends of Spain.

There were interesting stories behind the Tower and Casa, the most popular is that the tower acted as a prison to French King Francis I after he was defeated and captured during the 1525 Battle of Pavia.

Location: Within Plaza de la Villa of Austria District, Madrid

Nearest Metro Station: Sol, Opera

How to find: Finding the Lujanes Tower and House is easy. With the Real Casa de Correos in front of the Puerta del Sol as your starting point, walk along Calle Mayor to its left, passing by Plaza Sn Miguel and Mercado San Miguel, until you reach the buildings along the square’s Calle del Codo.

Entrance: Not open to the general public

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Ermita de la Virgen del Puerto, Arganzuela, Madrid

image Standing on one side of the sprawling Madrid Rio Park, along the Virgen del Puerto road, you will not miss seeing the beautiful hermitage of the same name. In my case, I never fail to appreciate its beauty whenever I ride the C2 autobus, which passes by the vicinity. Indeed, it is such an impressive edifice that the first time that I saw it from afar, I mistook it for a small castle.

Declared as a national monument in the year 1957, Ermita de la Virgen del Puerto is found inside the Madrid Rio Park, along the street of the same name. While many hermitages in Spain are simple and austere, Virgen del Puerto can be described as impressive and solemn at the same time. I often cast glances at the hermitage every time I pass through the paseo, along the length of Madrid, and I must say that it is one of the most stunning building within that area.

Virgen del Puerto hermitage was one of Spanish artist Pedro de Ribera’s edifice-masterpieces, the architect who is also responsible for the creation of other major Spanish Churches such as the San Jose Church, San Cayetano Church, and Nuestra Señora de Montserrat Church.

imageUnfortunately, the holy edifice was not spared during the Spanish Civil war, and it was damaged considerably. To bring it back to its former condition, restoration work was done during the 1950s.

Every year in the month of September, devotees perform a pilgrimage to the hermitage, where many of the participants are city residents of Galician origin. People from all over come to the site of Virgen del Puerto primarily to sell melons. It is for this reason why the pilgrimage feast is also called La Melonera.

Buried within the premises is an important Spanish royalty, the Marquise of Vadillo, who was the mayor of the place during the early 17th century. It was during his term that the hermitage was constructed. The beloved virgin is also recognized as the patroness of the District of Arganzuela.

Nearby Madrid Attractions you can also visit

1. Principe Pio commercial center and Madrid Metro
2. Palacio Real de Madrid: The official residence of the Royal family of Spain.
3. Jardines de Sabatini: A large, beautifual garden nearest the Palacio Rea.
4. Plaza Espana: One of the main squares of the city, near Edificio Madrid and monuments of Cervantes and Don Quijote.
5. Real Teatro: The Opera House of the Spanish capital.

How to go:

imageThe hermitage is easy to reach since it is set strategically within the central area of the city. Its exact address is at Paseo de Virgen del Puerto 4 Madrid. Take the C2 autobus and you can get off at the stop located right in its front. Other EMT Buses that pass through the paseo are 25, 33, 39, 41, and 50.

If you’re not in a hurry and would like to enjoy some leisurely promenade, you can take the Metro Train, and via Linea 6 (Circular Line), alight as you reach the Legaspi station. From here, you will have to enter the Matadero. Here is where you start your trek of the Madrid Rio until you reach the hermitage, which is located more or less halfway thru the park. You may also opt to take the Linea 10, and get off at Principe Pio, which is on the opposite side.
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Ejercito del Aire, Moncloa-Aravaca Madrid

imageOne of the most important buildings or monuments within the district of Moncloa is the Ejercito del Aire. It was formerly called the Ministerio del Aire or the Air Ministry of Spain. I never miss it whenever I ride the C1 autobus since calle Romero Robledo is part of its route. I also pass through it whenever I travel to nearby towns that could be reached via buses stationed at Moncloa.

imageCurrently the main headquarters of the country’s Air Force, the military agency’s office was previously responsible for the country’s civil and military air force, particularly during 1939 up to 1977. In the same year, under the reign of Adolfo Suarez, the then Ministry of Defense consisted of the Navy, Army and Air Force.
image The Cuartel General of the Air Force prides itself of having its headquarters within one of Moncloa District’s most impressive palaces, which stands near the Moncloa Gateway or the Victory Arch. It sprawls along the end northern portion of Calle de la Princesa.
imageImpreesive facade of Oficina de Atencion al Ciudadano of Moncloa-Aravaca’s Línea Madrid, right in front of the Victory Arch, or Arco de la Victoria and near the Air Force Headquarters

imageIt is also known as the Monasterio del Aire, because of its resemblance to the edifice found in a popular say trip destination, San Lorenzo El Escorial. Notice in the photo how people are everywhere; there is obviously a dense traffic of pedestrians within the vicinity. It is because not only is Moncloa filled with public and business offices, but it is also known as a university district.

How to go:

Address–Calle Romero Robledo 8 28008 Madrid

It is easy to reach the Ejercito del Aire ministry building. Such is massive and imposing that it is hardly to be miss whenever you are within the vicinity. The best way is via the Moncloa Metro train, the main station of which is right in front of the building. An access gate to the Metro is located right in the sidewalk of the Ministry.

Nearby Moncloa Madrid attractions

1. Museum of tthe Americas – Where museum lovers will be thrilled to find a great variety of arts and archeaologicw finds and ollections coming from the Americaw.

2. Arco de la Victoria – gateway to the city built by Francisco Franco, a monument that symbolizes Franco’s victory in a battle during the country’s civil war, 1936 Ciudad Universitaria battle

3. Faro de Moncloa – located in Avenida Reyes Catolicos with Plaza de Moncloa, it is also called The Faro de Moncloa is also known Torre de Iluminacion y Comunicaciones de Madrid.

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Palacio de las Cortes de Espana – Home to the Spanish Congress of Deputies

imageGreat things abound that make Madrid a place to marvel at, they include the beautiful and majestic public offices found all around the city. Tall, sprawling, and possess impressive architectural designs — these are the qualities that the country’s government buildings have in common.

A fine example is the headquarters of the Congreso de los Diputados or the lower chamber of Spain’s legislative beanch, located at the Carretera de San Jeronimo. The Congress of Deputies in English, this branch of the Spanish Parliament is housed at the Palacio de las Cortes de Espana, the single most important edifice at the Plaza de las Cortes,

imageIt boasts of a grand design highlighted by the six columns in its entrance that lends strength to its dacade. The building is touted as one of the best examples of the city’s neoclassical architecture.

It is relatively new compared to other buildings in Madrid, having only been constructed in 1843 under the helm the Spanish architect Narciso Pascual Colomer and during the reign of Reina Isabel II. Still, the palace boasts of interesting stories about it, like its location being the former site of a convent. Needless to say, the Congress headquarters is one of the reasons the Carretera de San Jerónimo enjoys an influx of tourists throughout the day.

imageRenowned architect Pascual y Colomer is responsible for the neoclassical style of the building, while the attractive relief found in the upper front is a creation of sculptor Ponciano Ponzano. The most popular portion of the relief is the depiction of a lady with a girl on her side. Ponzano is also responsible for sculpting the two bronze lions found by the building’s staircase. His other creations are figures that represent various aspects of the state, such as Justice and Peace, Agriculture, and Fine Arts.

It is easy to reach Palacio de las Cortes since it is connected to Puerta del Sol via San Jeronimo street. It is also near other important tourist spots of Madrid such as Prado Museum,Puerta del Sol, Atocha station, Reina Sofia Museum,Plaza de Espana, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Cibeles Palace.

Opening hours:

Lion in front of Palace of the CourtsIndividual visits: Congreso de los Diputados is open to the public during Saturdays. Visiting time is from 10:30AM to 12:30PM. Schedule may change during the month of August, depending on the official activities.

Group visits: Guided tours are scheduled from Monday to Friday, 9:00AM to 2:30PM and 4:00PM to 6:30PM. Time of visit may change during August, depending on scheduled official activities. Reservation is a must for guided tours.

Address:

Calle de Floridablanca, 28071 Madrid

How to Reach:

Long shot of Palacio de los CortesThe best way to get to the site is via Madrid Metro, with Sevilla, Banco de Espana, and Vodafone Sol as the nearest stations

Autobus: 3, 5, 9, 10, 15, 20, 34, 37, 45, 46, 52, 53, 203, 150

Admission

Enttance is Free, however visitors are required to present and ID or passport.

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