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5 minutes away: The Royal Academy of Medicine

By | 11 March, 2020 | 0 comments

Real Academia Medicina

 

Though you won’t be able to go in, the wonderful façade of the Royal Academy of Medicine is well worth a visit. As it is only a 5-minute walk away from our hotel, we recommend you take a moment to admire this beautiful neoclassical building on C/ Arrieta, next to the Royal Theatre.

The most impressive part are the two commanding caryatids that flank the door representing Atlas, the giant that according to Greek mythology bears the weight of the world on his shoulders.

If you can see far enough, or if you have brought a nifty pair of binoculars for the occasion, you should also check out the Spanish coat of arms that crowns the façade, surrounded by two female figures bearing classical clothes and hairdos. The one on the left is holding a skull as she reaches for her breast, and the one on the right is holding a closed book in a more relaxed position. References to the death doctors must face every day and the wisdom necessary to fight it.

Under the cornice is an inscription with the institution’s name, Royal Academy of Medicine, and two Roman numerals: MDCCXXXIII (1733) indicates the year the Royal Academy of Medicine of Madrid, its predecessor, was erected, and MCMXIII (1913) is the year in which this building was made its official headquarters.

The building is the headquarters of the Infanta Margarita Medicine Museum, which can be visited when it hosts temporary exhibitions. It contains a series of wonderful devices, such as an electrocardiograph, a Marey sphygmograph, a rehab stroller and a delivery chair.

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