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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).
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
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
*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
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).
del Congreso de los Diputados
Carrera de San Jerónimo, s/n
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.