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Madrid’s most spectacular libraries

By | 15 July, 2020 | 0 comments



Every day, Madrid welcomes thousands of tourists, either on holiday or on day trips. This has turned it into one of the most famous cities in the world and, despite the fact that many of its corners are part of popular collective creativity, the city is much more than the Plaza Mayor and the Prado Museum. If you plan your visit in advance, you’ll be able to discover some spectacular off-the-tourist-trail attractions.

Madrid, culture and its libraries

The city’s libraries are some of these hidden spaces brimming with magic. Thanks to Madrid’s major role in culture, it’s home to some of the best-preserved book collections, and at times the building is almost as important as its content.

The Escuelas Pias Library

This library is located at Calle Tribulete 14, in the Lavapiés neighbourhood. The building dates from the eighteenth century and, although the original construction was set alight during the Spanish Civil War, J.I. Linazasoro carried out a reconstruction and renovation project at the end of the 1990s. The vaulted ceilings and the light in the building make this a truly magical place. A must-visit!

The Senate Library

Neo-Gothic in style and rebuilt at the end of the nineteenth century, this library features a combination of wood and iron elements and is home to some books that are more than six hundred years old. It oozes such a special charm that some say it’s the most beautiful library in the city.

The Reina Sofía Museum Library

This will definitely be your favourite if you’re a fan of contemporary architecture. It’s found in the Jean Nouvel-designed extension to the museum. What’s more, it’s one of the largest and most comfortable libraries that you’ll find in the city centre.

Madrid has options for all tastes. Visiting the city’s libraries will definitely not be a let-down and you’ll get the chance to see things that many tourists don’t. Happy reading!

Image (CC) Basilio in Wikimedia Commons.

Categories: Madrid Turismo

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