Banco de Espana
Banco de Espana
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Massive Spanish gold reserves are housed in the central bank vaults.
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Neighborhood: Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de Cibeles and Círculo de Bellas Artes cultural centers are other artsy hangouts to check out, with rooftop bars that provide impressive views of the city. While the Paseo del Prado and its roundabouts form a busy throughway in Madrid, a broad green pedestrian park in the middle is a calm and gorgeous place for a relaxing stroll. Just east of the museums, the Retiro Park is always a confluence of activity as families and friends of all ages take to the pretty paths and lawns to stretch their legs or to have a picnic.
How to get there
  • Banco de España • 1 min walk
  • Sevilla • 5 min walk

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JRMADA
United States3,313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This a beautiful building with a small museum where entry is free. The exhibit is small but no less beautiful due to size. The staff here should be the model for all museum staff in Madrid, for they are friendly and very kind, and make you feel welcome. If you walk by here, don’t miss the opportunity to go in.
Written November 18, 2022
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Extremely impressive architecture. I think that the country's gold reserves are stored here. It is located next to Cibeles Square.
Written May 13, 2021
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,733 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011
The Banco de España has beautiful architecture. The Banco de España has facades on the Plaza de Cibeles, Calle de Alcalá, and the Paseo del Prado. The bank was founded in 1856. The architects were Eduardo Adaro and Severiano Sainz de la Lastra. The first stone was laid in 1884 with the presence of the King Alfonso XII. It was inaugurated in 1891 by another king, king Alfonso XIII and the Queen Maria Cristina.
Written March 17, 2012
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SPAINDOCTOR
Madrid, Spain8,863 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
O only know it from the outside
In the corner of Alcala going yo paseo del prado
Very nice facade
You can walk on your way to Thyssen or prado
Written June 30, 2020
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,770 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Located in the Plaza de Cibeles this is an impressive old building that occupies a full block. The bank was foundered in 1782 by Charles III and the building started in 1884 by Alfonso XII and was completed in 1891 with a great view of the Cibeles Fountain. One of many interesting and beautiful old buildings in Madrid. It also has some interesting history worthy of a check.
Written July 11, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,091 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
This beautiful building belongs to the central Bank of Spain. It's located close to the Cibeles Fountain and opposite the slightly more impressive Madrid City Hall. The Bank of Spain building has an eclectic mix of architectural styles, but much of the façades contains many Neo-Classically elements. Well worth a quick stop especially if visiting the better known fountain.
Written April 13, 2019
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cainetrip
Brisbane, Australia66 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Business
No matter what bank in Spain their inefficiency is by my many bad experiences the worse in the world with the ING exception that have an internet application second to none in Spain. Popular and Santander believed to be the best is also dysfunctional. Bank clerks with fictitious titles are slow and contradictory in their advices. Do not trust that because it is a bank things would be managed in your best interests but always in the bank's interests. Popular taking over Citibank cost me US$32,000 loss and Santander an US$ substantial draft from Popular within their locality was delayed for a month charged me in advanced over 900 euros fees and again confirmed further delay of 2 weeks or more to up to one year... No 🤡... A total financial mess. Late Australian news a British lady when checking her account with security codes from the Santander bank 180.000 £ vanished from her account and the bank declined their responsibility... So beware all Spanish government had an history of irresponsabilty since Spain became a democracy foreigners are taken for a ride in real state financial transactions to banking, topped my phone companies and electricity surprise usage surges when you are away no using any utilities. So beware and trust no one, period.
Written May 12, 2017
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greekcypriot2009
Athens, Greece8,982 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
It stands out for its beautiful architecture.

A guided tour is well worth the money. Inside there are preserved authentic works like the imperial marble staircase, paintings by artists of the caliber of Goya and Sorolla, tapestries, furniture and elegant sculptures, not to mention the room containing the gold reserve of the State.
Written May 9, 2016
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Albert
Chicago, IL87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Business
It can be confusing to figure out where to get the best exchange of $
For euros. After checking a number of the exchanges around Puerto del Sol, I found a bank called Ceca Bank was the best rate... Considering all fees and conversion rates. It is on Alcala street a couple blocks up from the plaza. It is open during business hours and you need an original passport.
Written February 12, 2016
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Every time we visit Madrid we go to Calle Alcala and we always see this bank building, which is quite beautiful and calls attention. The architecture has the Beaux Arts design.
Written April 23, 2015
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