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National Library of Spain

#64 of 1,413 things to do in Madrid
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Barrio de Salamanca
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Address: Paseo de Recoletos, 20, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 91 5807719
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Love the architecture!

I really like this place. It's beautiful, it's free to enter the museum and if you love or are very into journalism, photography, film... you'll love this museum as I do. If you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Miramar, Florida
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Miramar, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I really like this place. It's beautiful, it's free to enter the museum and if you love or are very into journalism, photography, film... you'll love this museum as I do. If you have time to visit while in Madrid, do it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

another great example of how stunning the buildings are in Madrid What a city. Literally on every street they have something to stare at. This building is magnificent, well to reword it's massive lots of wonderful statues to look at and some of the most impressive gates i have ever seen, Well worth a visit even if you just take... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Visited on a Monday and were unfortunately limited to the exterior and the entryway. What an amazing building, massive structure with interesting architectural characters. Looking forward a return visit when we can visit the inside. Well worth the visit for the exterior only.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The building itself is beautiful. While the library itself is quite extensive as you would expect from the capital that invented the Spanish language.

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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The National Library has beautiful and impressive architecture. The front façade has stairs and there are statues of famous people like San Isidoro, Alonso Berruguete, and Alfonso X el Sabio. The building has neoclassical architecture. There is a wrought iron gate in front that is very beautiful.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Very impressive building and beautiful exhibits of paintings of famous Spanish writers as well as Gregorian Chants. Exhibits are both in Spanish, but it is quite easy to follow them. Great portrait artists from Spain and Latin America. Definitely worth a visit.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Impressive building but you have to call a certain number beforehand to get permission to visit the library proper. But the downstairs has interesting exhibitions, especially if you can read Spanish

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

Inside the national library, there are 2 main exhibit halls where the public can go for free and see what the library is hosting. They have one permanent one on the ground floor that goes through the history of the library and how they have gone about collecting and preserving the documents and historical artifacts in their collection. It was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

This place was beautiful from the outside and had a book museum inside. I have to admit I didn't spend much time here as the displays were all in Spanish, although you could pick up an English card with some information on it. Worth briefly spending time here as it was free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I only saw the outside of the library but its a beautiful ancient buildings. Has a wonderful architecture with beautiful statues. Must see in Madrid.

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Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights frame the neighborhood 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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