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Edificio Telefonica (Telefonica Building), Madrid

Edificio Telefonica (Telefonica Building), Madrid

Designed by Spanish architect Ignacio de Cárdenas, who based his plans on those of American architect Lewis Weeks, this 90-meter high, 14-story American-style skyscraper has nevertheless a Spanish Baroque facade of elaborately sculptured ornaments. Europe's tallest structure at the time of its inauguration in 1929, it has been a symbol of Madrid and its clock a famous landmark of what has become colloquially termed as the "Madrilenian Broadway".

An interesting aspect of the building's history is that it housed the offices of the foreign press during the Civil War. Ernest Hemingway was one of the foreign journalists at the time (late 1930s) and got the inspiration of his famous book "For Whom the Bell Tolls" here, while watching the Nationalists fight the Republicans. As it happens, the building's height made it an ideal target for bombing raids by Franco's troops, but this, fortunately, turned out to be an unfounded fear.

Today the Telefónica plays a more peaceful role in Spanish life. The 1st floor has a quiet little café and a shop where you can buy any and every kind of communication equipment. Other floors house the Museum of Telecommunication, the Technology Museum, as well as wonderful (temporary) art exhibitions, so there is always something interesting to see!

Opening Hours:
[Museum] Tue-Sun: 10am–8pm; free admission

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Sight Name: Edificio Telefonica (Telefonica Building)
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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