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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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Free walking tour at the National Library of Spain

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

Thank Quack H
Western Canadaa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank csstraveller
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 August 13, 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.

Thank BassimaHalabi
Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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belgrade, serbia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Ede, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Joop V
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4 of 5 bubbles 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

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