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. As well as being accommodation for students such as Salvador Dali, the Residence was established as a cultural institution that helped foster and create the intellectual environment of Spain's brightest young thinkers, writers, and artists.
It was one of the most vibrant and successful experiences of scientific and artistic creation and exchange of interwar Europe. Its activities were curtailed by the Spanish Civil War and the academic policies of the Franco regime. Efforts have been made a reinvigorate the institution. In 2015, the Residencia de Estudiantes was awarded the European Union’s European Heritage Label due to the significant role it has played in the history and culture of Europe.
The Residencia de Estudiantes was founded in Madrid in 1910 by the Junta para Ampliación de Estudios. It became the first cultural center of Spain and until 1936 the Residencia remained a vibrant, fruitful hub for scientific and artistic work and exchange in Europe.
In 1915, it was moved to its permanent site, the Hill of Poplars. Its director, Alberto Jiménez Fraud, ran the Residencia as a meeting place open to creativity, intellectual and interdisciplinary dialogue. The Residencia and the Junta para Ampliación de Estudios were the product of the innovative ideas generated by the Institución Libre de Enseñanza, founded by Francisco Giner de los Ríos in 1876.
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  • Actually the visit is outdoors, since internally they no longer have exhibitions and the only thing you visit is the conditioned room as then. What happens, is that the exteriors are very beautiful, it takes you back to that time and above all, you do not have the feeling of being in Madrid. Short but very pleasant visit
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  • We were eating in the restaurant of the residence. Happy to be in a place, where you have studied as important characters. The dining room, without being very broad, is well organized and very clean. That helpful, very attentive and polite staff. and the menu, we asked Pinto Beans and braised veal cheeks, were delicious. very home. Flan for dessert, also very rich.
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