Instituto Cervantes

A majestic official building, on the crossroads of Gran Vía and Cibeles

The Instituto Cervantes is a public institute that promotes and teaches the Spanish language and disseminates Spanish and Hispanic American culture. It is located on Calle Alcalá in a unique building, constructed in 1918, known as the Edificio de las Cariátides on account of the female-shaped columns that guard the entrance.

The exterior of the building is characterised by its Ionic columns on the façades overlooking Calle Alcalá and Calle Barquillo. It was formerly the offices of the Banco Central and is accessed through golden revolving doors. The interior has a hall bathed in light, thanks to its stained glass dome.

In the basement are a large events hall and the so-called Caja de las Letras, the bank’s old vault where safety boxes were once stored.

Updated: 11/05/2023

Useful information

Conditions and availability

Restricted timetables conditioned to regular use.
Monday is the most feasible day for filming.
Possibility of extra filming on Saturday mornings at extra cost.

Features and facilities

Difficult to access with vehicles.
Forklift available.



Ana María Rego

Calle Alcalá, 49
28014 Madrid

Distrito: 01 Centro

Images: City of Madrid Film Office / Instituto Cervantes


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