Biblioteca Nacional de Espana, Madrid

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Founded as the royal palace's public library in the 18th century, Biblioteca Nacional de Espana is one of the largest libraries in the world. Besides the vast collection of books, the library is a center of research and archives. Visit the palatial structure and browse the shelves full of historic and contemporary editions. Stay quiet in the aisles and enjoy the epic architecture over the pages of Cervantes. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Biblioteca Nacional de Espana and many more Madrid attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Madrid online tour planner.
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  • Many years and never went inside It is a must Lovely building Inside and outside It shares location with archeological museum  more »
  • We visited a couple of free exhibitions, one on civil engineering projects and another on traversing the globe. Both had interesting exhibits but it is frustrating that unlike many museums there is...  more »
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  • So Glorious!! Amazing place! The architecture is beyond beautiful & perfect in every detail! I could spend all day in front of this masterpiece admiring it! Is definitely one of the largest and most beautiful libraries that I’ve seen in my entire life! It’s in the city centre, easy to reach, located on the “Paseo de Recoletos”. A must see when in Madrid.
  • The National Library of Spain is housed in a beautiful building and contains a world collection of books and other written materials. Pity it's not accessible to the general public and obviously mostly in Spanish. On the lover ground floor, there a public museum containing information about the history of writing and publications which does have a good amount of information in both English and Spanish. Worth visiting if you have a little extra time on your hands.

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