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Discover the three novelties in Madrid’s architectonic heritage

By | 29 January, 2017 | 0 comments

Palacio de la Prensa, propuesto BIP

 

You may not know this but there are now three new architectonic gems in the Region of Madrid. The Regional Historic Heritage Council proposed for the Convent of the Poor Clares in Valdemoro and the Complutense University Faculty of Philosophy and Literature to be declared Assets of Cultural Interest (BIC) and for Palacio de la Prensa, located in front of Plaza de Callao (just 5 minutes from our hotel), to be declared an Asset of Patrimonial Interest (BIP).

The objective behind these proposals is that these three buildings maintain their original identity in the event of any future intervention. The decision, in the case of the Convent of the Franciscan Poor Clares of La Encarnación, was made because its façade possesses considerable artistic value that has been used as inspiration for other constructions which imitated its style. Meanwhile, the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of UCM and Palacio de la Prensa have become symbols of Madrid and its history.

The Convent of the Franciscan Poor Clares of La Encarnación was built in Valdemoro by order of the Duke of Lerma 400 years ago, inaugurated in 1616. This building is representative of early Baroque and its architecture stands out for its austerity and the simplicity of its lines and volumes.

The Complutense University Faculty of Philosophy and Literature is a building of great historical importance since here is where some of Spain’s most important philosophers, such as José Ortega y Gasset, Dámaso Alonso or María Zambrano among others, studied. The faculty preserves a classroom from 1933 with functional furniture and an Art Deco glass in its main entrance hall.

Lastly, Palacio de la Prensa, designed by Pedro Muguruza, was the tallest building in Madrid during the 1930s until the construction of the Telefónica Building. The building is the Madrid representative of the Chicago School’s functional architecture.

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