A work by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, the seat of the Ministry of Agriculture is as imposing a building as Atocha Station across the street.
Completed in 1897, it has a rectangular area set back in two interior yards of equal proportions, covered with iron and crystal. The most prominent part of this building is the main façade area, with decoration on tiles and enamelwork by Daniel Zuloaga, paintings by Ferrant, and huge traditional caryatides (columns sculpted as female figures) representing industry and commerce. There were once outstanding stone sculptures carved by Agustín Querol, which were later replaced by identical sculptures made from brass.
The ministry offers free guided tours on weekends at 12 noon, and actor-led tours for 8 euros on Fridays and Saturday at 8pm. Currently, the building is home to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Guided tour: free
Dramatised guided tour: €8
Guided tours: Sat-Sun 12 noon
Actor-led guided tours: Fri-Sat 8pm
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