Palacio de Cibeles (Cibeles Palace), Madrid

Palacio de Cibeles (Cibeles Palace), Madrid (must see)

Cibeles Palace, formally known as Palace of Communications and Telecommunications until 2011, is a complex composed of two buildings with their impressive, meticulously decorated white facades. Completed in 1919, it is located on Cybele Square, one of the historical centers of Madrid.

Cibeles Palace is one of the most important landmarks in the city from a Spanish architectural stance. With their Neoplateresque facade and Baroque Salamanca evocations, the buildings are among the finest examples of Modernism architecture in the center of Madrid. The architects were Antonio Palacios and Joaquin Otamendi, two up-and-coming young Spanish architects at the time.

Palacios and Otamendi were also the consultants for the Bilbao Bridge, Madrid Casino and the San Sebastian Bridge. The Cibeles Palace was the beginning of the brilliant career for both architects. The decorative motifs of the facade and interior were made by the sculptor Angel Garcia Diaz, a regular collaborator of Antonio Palacios.

The declining use of postal mail in the late twentieth century gradually reduced the functions of the complex, and, as a result, it began to lose its importance. In 2007 Madrid city government re-purpose it into a cultural center.

Today Cibeles Palace is open to public with exhibitions and events in the grand hall. Visitors can also enjoy food and drinks on the top floor terrace with a beautiful 360-degree view of the nearby historical neighborhood.

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Palacio de Cibeles (Cibeles Palace) on Map

Sight Name: Palacio de Cibeles (Cibeles Palace)
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain (See walking tours in Madrid)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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