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Welcome to my "Congreso de los Diputados" description page, for photos & videos of this site click --> HERE.

    The Palace of the Congress of Deputies of Madrid is an impressive piece of neoclassical architecture designed by Narciso Pascual y Colomer and built between 1843 and 1850. At first sight,it sports a neoclassical portal that is made up of 6 corinthian columns. The 2 bronze lions at guard were designed by Ponciano Ponzano and forged in Seville in 1866 from bronze taken from cannons used in the war with Africa (1860). Walking up the stars, we come to the bronze door, a work of José María Sánchez Pescador. The detailed stonework on the facade by by Ponciano Ponzano represents Spain embracing the Constitution while surrounded by "Strength", "Justice", "Science", "Harmony", "The Fine Arts", "Agriculture", "Commerce", "Rivers and Canals", "Abundance" and last but not least, "Peace" (pretty much covers it all huh!).

The Congress is amazing inside as well and you can get a good look inside via the "visita virtual" ("virtual visit") at their website (www.congreso.es).
Check out this site on my Madrid panoramic interactive tour
Palacio del Congreso de los Diputados of Madrid - jeremy's practical info
(you can click on the icons to see the line trajectories and a map of the metro)
Metro stop: Sol - lines click to see complete line trajectory, click to see complete line trajectory, click to see complete line trajectory.
 
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Getting there: The Congress building is on the Carrera de San Jerónimo about a 3 minute walk from the Puerta del Sol on your left hand side across from the Palace Hotel. If you are walking there from Sol and you reach the . Fountain of Neptune, you wen too far!

Visiting the Congress (inside):
 
a) General Visits for Individuals:
*The Congress can be seen without appointment every Saturday morning of the year (excluding August and the 1st week in Sept.) between the hours of 10:30 and 12:30 am.  The tour is guided and the first group enters at 10:30 am and the last tour is at 12:30am. Tip: do not show up at 12:28 and expect to get in, the tours are first come first serve. There are a total of 5 tours each Saturday morning (1 every 30 minutes) with maximum groups of 50 people per tour. 
*Aside from the weekly Saturday morning visits, the Congress opens it's doors to the general public one day a year in late November or early December (no fixed date to give, changes every year).
 
Note: to visit the Congress you MUST BRING your passport or National Identification Document.
 
b) Group Visits:
*Guided group tours can be requested by sending a letter with:
 
1) The name of the organization/group.
2) Complete address, telephone number and contact name.
3) Number of visitors up to a max. of 50 (you will be asked for passport #s or National ID numbers for each visitor).
to: Palacio del Congreso de los Diputados
Departamento de Protocolo
Carrera de San Jerónimo, s/n
28071 MADRID
   
or by fax to: (+34) 91 390 6435
or via e-mail to: guias.congreso@sgral.congreso.es
 
Note: Parliamentary activity permitting, these visits take place from Monday through Friday (excluding August and the 1st week in Sept.) between the hours of 9:00am and 2:30 pm and in the afternoons from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.

General info: tel: (+34) 91 390 6152 & fax: 91 429 8707

The official website for the congress is at www.congreso.es (in Spanish and has a cool Virtual Tour).

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