Spain's Parliament - Las Cortes - Congreso de los Diputados

Spain's parliament, Las Cortes, was built in 1843-50 by Narciso Pascual y Colomer on the site of a recently demolished monastery, which has led to no end of problems, as the plot is too cramped to accommodate the legislators' ancillary offices. A classical portico gives it a suitably dignified air, but the building is best distinguished by the handsome 1860 bronze lions that guard its entrance. Tourists are welcome on the popular free Saturday guided tours. Given demand, it's best to phone ahead; groups of more than 15 can also book to visit on weekdays.

Address Plaza de las Cortes
Transport Metro Banco de España or Sevilla .
Telephone 91 390 65 25
Open Guided tours 10.30am-12.30pm Sat. Closed Aug.

Admission free.

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