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National Library of Spain

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Barrio de Salamanca
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Address: Paseo Recoletos 20, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 91 5807719
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Intellectual treasure of Spain

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank BassimaHalabi
Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 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!

Thank Sr_MURAT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 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.

Thank 679richardo
belgrade, serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 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.

Thank branka011
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 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 

Thank teodoroh2015
Ede, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

One of the oldest buildings of Madrid and a real piece of art and architectural mastership. Also inside it will ammze you.

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Breathtak'g, awesome.How can I give to my people what the statues flanking the staircase gave to us?

Thank lordhunt
Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

The National Library in Madrid is quite simply ask said in the title....Striking. The front of the building radiates importance and elegance whilst the interior holds all sorts of treasures. In ways it resembles the NYC public library but at the same time is completely jnique if that makes any sense! A day could easily be lost here

Thank Tom J
Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

The National Library is incredible, a depsoitory for numerous treasures. You need to request a visitor´s pass to enter the physical library. But you can walk around the grounds and visit the museum space, located on the gorund floor. The museum space had a wonderful exhibit on Inca Garcilaso. There is also a small bookstore.

Thank Pucela08
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

It's enough already see the outside to understand how important and impressive-looking. For students it is really a discovery. But it is much appreciated by people of all ages. The guided tour is short but it is attracting attention as a beautiful story that a book with illustrations and amazing photos.

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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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