City Council - Cibeles Palace

Paseo del Arte

Palacio de Cibeles

The old Palacio de Comunicaciones is an emblematic and colossal building that since 2007 is the town hall in Madrid. This monumental building was designed and built by Antonio Palacios and Joaquín Otamendi to host the Post and Telegraph Company of Spain.

It opened in 1909. The building brings together various artistic styles: Gothic, specially the work of Viollet-le-Duc; the findings of materials of architects and engineers like Gustave Eiffel and Otto Wagner; Palacios and passion for Spanish regional styles, specifically the late Gothic and the work of Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón.




The Central Post Office was conceived with criteria of rationality and functionality. The large patio give input to the general postal, telegraph and telephone services that were installed on the ground floor, to which the public needed to have access to numerous secondary gates surrounding the building. The upper floors are reserved for offices.

The building was designed as a «work of art» in which every detail, from the lighting to the desks of the operating room or the ventilation system, form a single artistic ensemble serving his first role as Central Post Office.



Plaza Cibeles, 1.
28014 Madrid.




Banco de España Station (line2)


BUS LINE (Interactive MAP)
1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 14, 15, 20, 27, 34, 37, 45, 51, 52, 53, 74, 146, 150, 202


Madrid – Recoletos



CentroCentro cultural center, located inside the Palacio de Cibeles:
Exhibitions: Tue-Sun 10:00 to 20:00 h
Lookout: Tue-Sun 10:30 to 13:30 h / 16:00 to 19:00 h


CentroCentro cultural center, located inside the Palacio de Cibeles:
Viewpoint: Adults 2 €. Under 12s 0.50 €
Free tours viewpoint: first Wednesday of the month and 2 and May 15 and October 12

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