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National Library of Spain

Paseo Recoletos 20, 28001 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 80 77 19
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A lovely building but not such a great museum

There is a free museum in the basement of this building plus a changing exhibition on the ground... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
Fancy A Read?

An impressive building boasting arched doorways and great pillars supporting a very ornate... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
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Paseo Recoletos 20, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Barrio de Salamanca
+34 915 80 77 19
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

There is a free museum in the basement of this building plus a changing exhibition on the ground floor. The museum focusses on some of the more interesting books owned by the library and also on some of the key changes in technology such as...More

1  Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 30 July 2017

An impressive building boasting arched doorways and great pillars supporting a very ornate triangular roof.

Thank tezpil
Reviewed 30 June 2017

The national library is located just across the street from the Plaza Colon and is quite impressive. Check their website for tour hours.

Thank seafare74
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Walking distance form all the historical spots and also in the middle of the most important Madrid street (las Castellana) One of the most impressive buildings in Madrid, right by Plaza Colón. The book collection is fascinating but if you don´t have time to roam...More

1  Thank Jos8Toledo
Reviewed 19 February 2017

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
Reviewed 25 January 2017

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
Reviewed 31 December 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...More

1  Thank n2history
Reviewed 17 December 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

1  Thank orly333
Reviewed 11 November 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.

Thank Len4403
Reviewed 1 November 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...More

1  Thank Mojca J
Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights
frame the neighbourhood 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
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10 March 2015|
Response from BennyMalaga | Reviewed this property |
Chavez: Es dificil entrar en esta biblioteca por la securidad extrema que tienen. Yo lo hize hace algunos años para buscar dos libros sobre mis antepasados y no encontre nada. Mejor buscarlo en el internet.