Residencia de Estudiantes, Madrid

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The Residencia de Estudiantes, literally the "Student Residence", is a centre of Spanish cultural life in Madrid. The Residence was founded to provide accommodation for students along the lines of classic colleges at Bologna, Salamanca, Cambridge or Oxford. It became established as a cultural institution that helped foster and create the intellectual environment of Spain's brightest young thinkers, writers, and artists. The students there included Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel and Federico García Lorca. Distinguished guests and speakers included Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Juan Ramón Jiménez or Rafael Alberti.


It was one of the most vibrant and successful experiences of scientific and artistic creation and exchange of interwar Europe. Its activities were stopped during the Spanish Civil War. After the civil war the academic policies of Francoist Spain created around the Residencia de Estudiantes the Spanish National Research Council, where it was integrated as the guest house. Since Spain's transition to democracy, efforts have been made a reinvigorate the institution.
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  • This would be a good place to escape the noise and craziness of central Madrid. Part of Spain's CESIC (university research centre), the Residencia has become a celebrated site for conferences...  more »
  • The Residencia de Estudiantes is an interesting building because it was here that Salvador Dali became the friend of Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Buñuel. The three friends became very famous later.  more »

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