The former communications palace is a colossal building and one of the city's landmarks. Designed and built by Antonio Palacios and Joaquín Otamendi as the headquarters of the Spanish Post Office and Telegraph Company, it was inaugurated in 1909 and since 2007 it has housed the offices of the Madrid City Council.
The building combines features drawn from a variety of sources, including: Gothic Revival architecture, especially the work of Viollet-le-Duc; the original approach to structure and materials of architects and engineers like Gustave Eiffel and Otto Wagner, and Antonio Palacios' passion for Spanish regional styles, in particular Late Gothic architecture and the work of Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón.
The design for the Post Office building was based on rational and functional criteria. A large courtyard led to the general postal, telegraph and telephone services on the ground floor, which needed to be accessible to the public. These could also be reached via the many additional entrances around the exterior of the building. The upper floors were reserved for administrative staff, management, the sorting room and a telegraph office with direct access to the aerial on the roof of the building, which was 70 metres high, including the central tower. The building was designed as a "total work of art" in which the smallest details, from the lights and the ventilation system to the desks in the operations room, formed a unified artistic whole serving the building's primary function as the central post office.
CentroCentro cultural centre, situated inside the Palacio de Cibeles:
Viewing: adults €2. Under 12s €0.50.
Free entry: first Wed of the month and 2 and 15 May and 12 Oct
Exhibitions: consult programme
CentroCentro cultural centre, situated inside the Palacio de Cibeles.
Tue-Sun 10:00am - 8:00pm.
Tue-Sun 10:30am - 1:30pm. / 4:00pm - 7:00pm
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