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National Library of Spain

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Address: Paseo Recoletos 20, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 915 80 77 19
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This National Library has a wonderful Museo del Libro

Impressionant building situated in the middle of la Castellana. Although it´s difficult to get access to the reading rooms it´s worthwhile visit it as a tourist due to there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Impressionant building situated in the middle of la Castellana. Although it´s difficult to get access to the reading rooms it´s worthwhile visit it as a tourist due to there wonderful museum.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

In Madrid, which definitely does not lack grandeous, pompous big buildings, the National Library is definitely one of the most impressive you can find in this architecturally rich city. I was taken aback at the sheer size of the building alone. They also have a very interesting and informative exhibition on the history of books and media in general. Definitely... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Must registered with passport or ID before the tour starts; free tour conducted in Spanish only. Although I don't know Spanish, the tour was informative.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Visited en route to Archeological Museum, which is right beside it. It was very well done and quite delightful, leading through centuries of book history to modern multimedia, showing antique items with interactive information. Delightful exhibit of Cervantes characters in another gallery. Both thought provoking and interesting. Spanish not necessary to enjoy it.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

It is located a short distance from the Plaza De Colon. The facade of the building is impressive with historical figures at the entrance. There is a series of steep steps leading to the entrance. The upper part of the building is supported with columns. Worthwhile a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

What attracts you first is the beautiful entrance that represents monuments for the most important people that contributes in the intellectual life of Spain like Miguel de Cervantes, the halls inside are the amazing, and there is also a very important museum that reserves the most important rare books, and a small bookshop.

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

It's very huge and historical biblioteca in Madrid. You can matriculation to the library and get your own biblio Card for entrance. The architecture and books are great!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

The National Library is well worth a visit, even if you do not go inside, the entrance and the whole building as just incredible to look at.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Readers, researches and visitors all come to this magnificent Neoclassical building enclosing, on the west, the National Library and, on the east the National Archaeological Museum. Two fasades which contain over four million books, manuscripts, incunabula, etchings and important archaeological items such as the famous Dama de Elche.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The Nationall Library of Spain, Madrid at the Catellana Av. next to Colon Square has got these days a wonderful visit due a special exposition regarding the 400th anniversay of Cervantes' death. You will enjoy that visit. You can visit from Monday through Saturday by 10 in the morning until 20 in the evening. And on Sundays fro 10 am... More 

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Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights frame the neighbourhood of Barrio Salamanca. With beautiful condominium buildings that make up most blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of opportunities for shopping or checking out the stylish displays. The locals here are polished and fashionable, the atmosphere is leisurely, and the lush Retiro Park on the southern border is yet another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. A stroll through Barrio Salamanca is all about admiring the beautiful architecture, window-shopping, and people-watching in this upper-crust corner of Madrid.
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