Also known as the University of San Bernardo, it was the headquarters for the Madrid university when the University of Alcalá closed and its study courses were moved to the capital in the mid 19th century. It was called Central University from 1851 and has its origins in Liberal Reformist mentality, which intended to do away with the traditional teaching of the universities in the Ancien Régime.
At first, it was in the Nobles Seminary in Calle Princesa, later moving to the Salesas Nuevas Convent in Calle de San Bernardo. In 1842, the old Jesuit Novitiate, located in the same street, was confirmed as the definite headquarters for the Central University of Madrid. This building currently houses the Institute of Spain, the organism that encompasses the Royal Academies.
The first project for adapting the novitiate to its new use as a university was by Francisco Javier Mariategui; after his death, he was substituted by Narciso Pascual y Colomer, to whom we owe the auditorium built in 1852, which makes good use of the walls of the old Jesuit church.
One of the world’s leading art galleries with works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum takes you on a incredible journey through seven centuries of European painting.
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