The former Río de la Plata Bank, also known as the Caryatid Building, is the current headquarters of the Cervantes Institute and one of the best known and most sumptuous landmarks in Madrid. Designed and built by Antonio Palacios, it was both a symbol of Madrid’s renewal and its resistance to embracing the formal aspects of modernity.
This astoundingly grandiose building once presided over Plaza de Cibeles, competing with other earlier palaces such as Buenavista, Linares and the Bank of Spain. Its privileged location on the corner with the equally important Calle del Barquillo intended to dazzle locals and visitors alike with its splendour, which must have been breathtaking. It did indeed achieve this aim.
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The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum takes you on a incredible journey through seven centuries of European painting.
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