Palacio Gaviria


Until recently this 19th-century Italianate palace was a nightclub. It has since been artfully converted to a dynamic artistic space, with major temporary art exhibitions that have included an Escher retrospective and Flemish masters. Coupled with high-quality exhibitions is a soaring Renaissance palace with extraordinary ceiling frescoes. It's one of Madrid's least known yet most rewarding artistic spaces outside the major galleries.

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