Congreso de los Diputados, Madrid

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  • It is one of the emblematic buildings in Madrid in the 19th century, one of the masterpieces of neoclassicism in Spain. The façade is reminiscent of Renaissance palatial type in two floors, the first padding and the second of windows with straight pediments. As a monumental entry, it has a large portico of six columns of Corinthian style which support a triangular pediment, decorated with a bas-relief representing Spain with the Constitution, accompanied by both sides by images that idealize the fortress, justice Freedom, value, Sciences, harmony, fine arts, agriculture, trade, rivers, abundance and peace, work of the sculptor Ponciano Ponzano. The portico, strong classical influence, protects the bronze doors which give access to the building and only used when the King made the solemn opening of the Congress sessions. In front of the central body opens a monumental staircase, flanked by the most characteristic elements of the building: two monumental Lions.
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  • Central location of much political interest but little artistic value, the main facade with its two famous Lions best
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  • The Palace of the Carrera de San Jerónimo, parliamentary seat since 1850. In the session room or Chamber held the Congress plenary sessions; In addition, taking place the joint session of the Congress of Deputies and the Senate, as the solemn opening of each legislature.
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  • Former headquarters of the foreign bank of Spain, 1946
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