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National Library of Spain

Paseo de Recoletos, 20, 28001 Madrid, Spain (Salamanca)
+34 91 5807719
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Ranked #41 of 450 Attractions in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Houston, Texas
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Evergem, Belgium
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151 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
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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Lakenheath, Suffolk
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135 reviews 135 reviews
58 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

What a great place - and somewhere that we hadn't thought about going. We were just actually walking past and decided to have a look in. They have a museum there and there were also a couple of extra exhibits on. All free to see. And all very interesting - lots of beautiful old books; maps; photographs; etc. Very glad... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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187 reviews 187 reviews
155 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

It is in the very heart of Madrid, I went there because of its imposant exterior that stroke me and I knew this wasn't just about books but of the history. It is an impressive architectural monument .

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I was a bit disappointed I couldn't go in to see the library but I understand that it's meant for studying so I respect the way they limit visits. I WAS able to go see 2 exhibits going on downstairs @ the museum though: and it's FREE! short but sweet and interesting! NO PHOTOS allowed (no signs anywhere oops)! A... More

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London, UK
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322 helpful votes 322 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I visited the National Library of Spain as part of my 7 full-day visit to Madrid but didn't enjoy it very much at all. --- I am compiling an extensive Trip Advisor 'Trip List' for my visit to see the sights of Madrid and day trips to Toledo/Segovia, it is entitled 'Madrid Attractions (+ Toledo/Segovia Day Trips) : 7 Full-Day... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I didn't visit the interior of the building, but from the outside you can see a beautiful piece of architechture. Worth a visit and a couple of photos.

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

You only have to walk up to this building to feel you have arrived at a great library. As I work in a well-known library, I was fortunate enough to meet a member of staff and have a personal tour and this was a real treat. However, if you are heading to this library as a reader or for a... More

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