Ateneo Científico, Literario y Artístico de Madrid

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Ateneo Científico, Literario y Artístico de Madrid information

Madrid , Spain
Calle del Prado 21
+34 91 429 17 50
Getting there
Metro: Sevilla
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guided visits admission €2
Opening hours
guided visits 10am-1pm Mon-Fri
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Nestled away in the heart of the Barrio de las Letras, this venerable club of learned types was founded in 1821, although the building took on its present form in 1884. Its library and meetings of the great minds prompted Benito Pérez Galdós to describe it as the most important ‘intellectual temple’ in Madrid and a reference point for the thriving cultural life of the Barrio de las Letras. It’s not generally open to the public, but no one seems to mind if you wander into the foyer, which is lined with portraits of terribly serious-looking fellows. They may even let you amble upstairs to the library, a jewel of another age, with dark timber stacks, weighty tomes and creakily quiet reading rooms dimly lit with desk lamps.