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10 buildings with unique architecture in Madrid

Madrid is one of the most traditional cities across Europe. Over the last centuries it has left an indelible mark in the form of incredible monuments and buildings with great architectural uniqueness. The real estate Engel & Völkers Madrid would therefore like to talk about 10 of the most important architectural buildings that can be found in the capital of Spain.

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1. The Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)

Designed by Juan de Villanueva in 1785, it has currently become one of the best art galleries in the world. It was devised, initially, as a multidisciplinary neoclassical building, although finally it was dedicated exclusively to painting. It took 34 years for the building to complete.

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2. Las Descalzas Reales

This is one of the oldest buildings in the capital of Spain since its origin dates back to the late fifteenth century, years before the arrival of Carlos I. He is considered as a 'little Escorial' (pequeño Escorial) in the heart of Madrid. Its architectural value is almost incalculable.

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3. The Palacio de Cibeles

The Palacio de Cibeles has become, since the completion of the works needed for its construction, the most representative building in central Madrid during the XX and XXI century. It also has the sentimental value of being situated in Plaza de Cibeles, all the events that have marked the evolution of the city and Spain as a whole over the past 100 years. Today it is the main headquarters of Madrid.

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4. El Banco de España

One of the most faithful representations of what was the Spanish architecture during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was designed by Sainz de la Lastra and Adano, two of the best architects in the world at the time and was opened in 1891. It has undergone several changes over the course of the years, but still has a great harmony with the aesthetics of Prado and Alcalá.

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5. El Congreso de los Diputados

Did you know that the Congress of Deputies in Spain ( Congreso de los Diputados) was formerly a convent? It was until the building suffered a serious fire in 1823, at which time Isabel II decided to change its function. Currently, its facade is one of the Spanish masterpieces known as neclasicismo and has six Corinthian columns. For its part, the lions at the entrance are the work of Ponciano Ponzano, who created them after melting the cannons' metal as captured during the 1860 African war.

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6. La Vela

Jumping from the nineteenth century to the present, La Vela is a building located in the district of Las Tablas. This is the main image of the new financial city of the capital. Work of the Swiss students Herzog & de Meuron, representing one of the most modern and cosmopolitan buildings across Europe.

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7. The Institute of Spain's Cultural Heritage (Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España)

This building is popularly known as 'crown of thorns' (la corona de espinas), a name that is closely based on its design because it has a circular shape and the roof is decorated with a series of pointed elements. Since its inception it has changed use up to 13 times and even became ompletely abandoned for 16 years. However, today it arouses the interest of the most prestigious international architects because of its uniqueness and the complexity of its construction.

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8. The Circulo de Bellas Artes

The current headquarters of this building was the work of Antonio Palacios and was inaugurated in November 1926 by King Alfonso XIII. Located between Alcalá Street and Gran Vía, it is undoubtedly one of the most controversial works but, at the same time, original and creative. This building is of great importance for Spanish architects in the early twentieth century.

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9. The Telefónica building

Telefónica building is considered the first skyscraper built in Europe. In fact, the project was completed on 1 January 1930. It has a height that borders the 90 metre range and is the work of Luis Ignacio Cardenas, who was inspired by the aesthetics of American skyscrapers. Undoubtedly, a benchmark in the capital that helped give a cosmopolitan image to the city.

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10. El Palacio de Linares

Today, Recoletos is a palace where Casa de America is located. It is the work of Carlos Colubí , Manuel Aníbal Álvarez and Adolf Ombrecht and its exteriot was built with limestone in a very original way .

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These are some of the most unique buildings in Madrid, although it is true that there are many others. In any case, they are located in some of the best areas in the capital. if you would like to live near any of them, contact Engel & Völkers real estate Madrid. We have a large stock of homes for rent and for sale in all these areas.

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