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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:
+34 915 80 77 19
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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Beautiful building and a fantastic book collection

Be aware it is not easy to get in here. Check the website for visiting. The building is very impressing and is a fine view on the Paseo.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Lynge T
Frederiksberg, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Be aware it is not easy to get in here. Check the website for visiting. The building is very impressing and is a fine view on the Paseo.

Thank Lynge T
Novo Hamburgo, RS
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We try to visit inside, but they offer only a guided tour, in some hours only. It was a pitty because its building is wonderful.

Thank Luis M
St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

We stumbled into the museum at the National Library of Spain. They don't get very many tourists as every display is only in Spanish, but it is their national language. Still, there are some interesting things to see here. We saw a temporary exhibit on letters written by famous Spanish writers (and understood pretty much none of it). Also, there... More 

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Rehovot, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

surprising little place. inside the library a little museum dedicated to writing history and an exhibition of Cervantes. it's small and everything in Spanish but still it's a little gem

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

Impressionant building situated in the middle of la Castellana. Although it´s difficult to get access to the reading rooms it´s worthwhile visit it as a tourist due to there wonderful museum.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

In Madrid, which definitely does not lack grandeous, pompous big buildings, the National Library is definitely one of the most impressive you can find in this architecturally rich city. I was taken aback at the sheer size of the building alone. They also have a very interesting and informative exhibition on the history of books and media in general. Definitely... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

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.

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Western Canadaa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

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.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

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.

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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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