Pantheon of Distinguished Men, Madrid

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The Pantheon of Illustrious Men is a royal site in Madrid, under the administration of the Patrimonio Nacional. It was designed by Spanish architect Fernando Arbós y Tremanti, and is located in Basilica of Nuestra Señora de Atocha in the Retiro section of Madrid.
The pantheon houses the tombs of a number of famous Spaniards including: Leandro Fernández de Moratín (1760-1828), dramatist Francisco de Paula Martinez de la Rosa (1789-1862), prime minister Juan Álvarez Mendizábal (1790-1853), politician Antonio de los Ríos y Rosas (1812-1873), politician, whose tomb is designed by Pedro Estany Práxedes Mateo Sagasta (1825-1903), prime minister, whose tomb is the work of sculptor Mariano Benlliure Antonio Cánovas del Castillo (1828-1897), prime minister, by Catalan sculptor Agustí Querol Subirats Eduardo Dato e Iradier (1856-1921), prime minister, by sculptor Mariano Benlliure José Canalejas (1854-1912), prime minister, by sculptor Mariano Benlliure
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  • Inside the cloister (or rather in the corridors covered by the cloister) of a neo-Gothic church, the bodies of some prominent figures of 19th-century Spain were buried, for which monumental tombs were made, which in fact constitute, given the artistic value of some of them (sculpted by famous sculptors, such as Mariano Benilliure and Agustin Querol), the reason that could push the foreign tourist to visit this place (in addition to the neo-Gothic architecture of the cloister, which anyway is not bad). For a Spaniard, of course, there is also a historical interest. Admission is also free (open every day, except Mondays: Tue/Sat 10am-2pm and 6.30pm; Sundays and holidays 10/15) and the location is not far from Atocha station. From news found on the net I should have found 13 burials; I actually counted only 6 tombs. I have not found any prohibition signs regarding photos (as reported in a previous review), nor any caretaker to possibly ask for.
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  • Spectacular pantheon designed by Fernando Arbós and Tremanti at the end of the nineteenth century The acensus is free and it is worth looking quietly at the funeral ensembles made by Mariano Benlliure, Agustín Querol, Pedro Estany and Arturo Mélida. Very close you can visit the Royal Basilica of Our Lady of Atocha and the Royal factory of Tapestry (With prior reservation) I go often with groups to do the guided tour to the 3 places, so close and so unknown at the same time They are remodeling to make it access sible
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  • The Panteon de Hombres Ilustres as it's name suggests is a pantheon or mausoleum of famous Spaniards (actually, men only!). I suspect that non-spanish people will have a hard time identifying any of the individuals. Nevertheless, all the mausoleums are magnificent. ¿How about some women too?
  • Very interesting and quite unknown site in Madrid. It is a museum of Spanish sculpture from the turn of the 19th /20th. c.
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