The Palace of Fomento, also known as the Ministry of Agriculture Building, is a nineteenth-century office building in Madrid, Spain. Designed by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, it is on a prominent site opposite Atocha railway station.Use and nameThe building's name has changed over the years reflecting the official name of the Ministry which occupies it. It was originally occupied by the Ministerio de Fomento (Ministry of Public Works and Transport). For most of its life the building has been the seat of the Agriculture Ministry, and the words "Ministerio de Agricultura" are prominently displayed in a cartouche on the facade.In 2008, the Agriculture Ministry merged with the Environment Ministry. The building houses civil servants belonging to the current Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente).SculpturesIn 1905, a group of marble sculptures by Agustí Querol Subirats entitled La Gloria y los Pegasos was placed on top of the building. The sculptures have been replaced by bronze replicas.Heritage status and accessIt was put on Spain's national heritage register in 1989 under the name Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación . It is classed as a Bien de Interés Cultural or Property of Cultural Interest.As at 2016 guided tours are available to the public outside normal office hours. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Palacio de Fomento and many more Madrid attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Madrid trip builder site .
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Palacio De Fomento is a beautiful building that I passed as I was exploring the neighbourhood around Atocha,viewed from Glorieta De Emperador Carlos V ,the beautiful set of bronze sculpures atop the.... more »
Palacio de Fomento is an impressive building. It was built at some stage during the 19th century and has always been a government building housing various ministries. We only saw this building from a.... more »
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