Edificio Telefonica, Madrid

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The Telefónica Building, in Spanish Edificio Telefónica, is a skyscraper in Madrid, Spain. It is located in Gran Via 28.HistoryThe Telefónica Building was designed by Ignacio de Cárdenas, who conceived it after a previous study of Lewis S. Weeks in Manhattan. Even though the building is of American inspiration, Cárdenas touch can be felt in its churrigueresque exterior ornamentation, a nod to Madrid Baroque architecture.Its construction started in 1926 and it was fully completed in March 1929, despite opening its doors officially on 1 January 1930. The workforce was composed of more than 1000 workers and the final cost added up to 32 million pesetas. It became one of the first skyscrapers in Europe. It also held the Madrid height record by surpassing the Palacio de la Prensa, which it maintained until it was overtaken in 1953 by the Edificio España.During the Spanish Civil War it was used as an observatory by the Republican forces to watch the whereabouts of Francoist troops. This reason, and the fact of being the Office of Foreign Press, made it a target of bombings during the war. Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry sent their reports from inside the premises.
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  • Awesome view for pictures and in a great area to know how Madrid really looks like! A must see for sure.  more »
  • Came in to fix a problem with telefonica and was helped by several people. everyone was amicable, Carlos in commercial was of great help, so was Mario and finally a woman Pacheco David was able to bri...  more »
  • As first skyscraper in Europe, is very impressive, but from the street may not be appreciated. It is worth visiting it, for example, through the Fundación Telefónica. Without a doubt an important example of early 20th century architecture.
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  • Free and nive exsabition
  • Great exhibitions, also a great history of the telephone system in Spain, worth a visit.
  • Great place to see exhibitions. Right now they have an amazing exhibition called "Eyes wide open! 100 years of Leica Photography" which is a must see for those interested in photography.
  • Useful if you need a SIM card for tourists. Staff could be a bit more helpful. Great decor.
  • Very good company for telecommunication And internet.
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