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Instituto Cervantes is the public institution created by Spain in 1991 for the promotion and teaching of the Spanish language and diffusion of the Spanish and Hispanic culture.
The Madrid headquarters of this institute is located in Alcalá street, in what is known as the “Edificio de las Cariátides” (Caryatid Building). The former head office of the Central Bank, it was designed by the architects Antonio Palacios and Joaquín Otamendi to house the historic Río de la Plata Bank. The Instituto Cervantes organises a full programme of cultural activities for all audiences, such as plays, exhibitions and workshops for children.