How had I missed the Palacio de Cibeles until late 2011?!
In March 2011, the Palacio de Cibeles opened its doors to the public after a century of privacy. The building, whose towers soak up the spotlight whenever the Vuelta a España rolls through town or whenever Real Madrid fans take a dip in Cibeles fountain, is equally as impressive inside as out.
The art exhibits within the palace’s walls are always rotating–when I was there I saw photography on the building’s renovation. No matter what temporary exhibit is on display, CentroCentro is my latest Madrid recommendation for its wowing interior and sweeping view of Gran Vía.
A street-view of the palace
The grand foyer
Cozy reading spaces
The staircase reminds visitors that this was once a palace
The reading room puts local art news at your fingertips
In this room the photos were laid flat, forcing the visitor to look down at the art
Can you tell I was drawn to the reading room?
Images of palace restoration were suspended from the ceiling
You can visit the Palacio from 10:00-20:00 every day except Monday. The elevator hours are slightly different; it’s recommendable to get a ticket from the second floor before ascending to ensure that you will get to take in the fresh air above Cibeles. Oh and have I mentioned that it’s free to frolic inside?
The view from the top