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This Main Library Is The Center For Spain

By Arnold Spicke

The Madrid Biblioteca Nacional is necessary to visit for the vacationer’s attractions list. If you don’t stop and visit for at least an hour you’ll really be missing something special. Usually a visit to a library isn’t the idea of a great holiday. But, the Biblioteca Nacional neoclassical design that is near the Plaza de Coln in the Alonso Martnez district. This plaza and its fountain commemorate the explorer Cristbal Coln (his bane in Spanish, and who the world knows as Christopher Columbus. The Biblioteca Nacional is composed of three archways. The better way to view the building is to walk straight toward them and look up. The scale is impressive.

Traveling from that vantage point, you’ll appreciate the ornate wrought-iron gates as well as the exterior upper gallery. The Corinthian columns hold intricate carvings. During your holiday, you’ll view the impressive statues stretching the length of the main staircase. There is a statue Alfonso X. There is another work of San Isidoro. Reaching the main doors, you see images of Spain’s famous writers. There is one of Cervantes and de Leon.

A tour of the Biblioteca Nacional, will show you that this is Spain’s chief library, and facilitates the Spanish Library System. The library was built during the eighteen hundreds at the request of Isabel II, this library holds more than five million books. For those traveling the world’s great centers, this may not be the largest book repository in the world. But, undeniably the finest collection of Spanish volumes anywhere.

This main library is the center for Spain, is in charge of codifying, preserving, and the conservation of as well as the dissemination of knowledge about Spain’s heritage. The institute aspires to be an essential reference point for traveling through Spanish culture. The nucleus of this large collection of volumes came from the royal library of Phillip V, that began in 1700s. While on holiday some of the collection was purchased will others were collected in a typical aristocratic way, and its collection covers every conceivable subject written on Spain’s culture and history.

When on tour you`ll meet countless items like 30,000 manuscripts and half a million books printed before the year 1800. Also, a newspaper collection holds 20,000 editions. Alongside the books and manuscripts are engravings and fine drawings that will be found nowhere else on earth. The library also holds two million photographs as well as 134,000 maps in the collection.

But, even if the contents are of little interest, just walking around the structure is a pleasure for lovers of architecture. Like much of Spain today, traveling on holiday in Spain is a fascinating combination of modern and traditional inside and out. While on tour, try to imagine meeting one of the numerous royal patrons who have taken advantage of these storage facilities, as you stroll the hallways.

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