In the middle of the calle Alcalá is a centre which welcomes all forms of artistic expression.

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Círculo de Bellas Artes

International recognition

The Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid is located on 42, calle Alcalá. This centre was an initiative of the artists resident in Madrid who opened it in 1880. Among these, Carlos Arniches and Jacinto Benavente. The idea behind this project was to create a place for artists to welcome other artists and to take art out onto the street to show to the public. And this is what they achieved. Since it was set up until the present day, it has become one of the most visited centres and attracts great international recognition. Exhibitions, concerts, dance and theatre performances, workshops, photo galleries etc. All artistic trends are exhibited here. Live concert recordings are common from major radio stations as it stage boasts one of the best acoustics for live concerts in the world. Don't miss the chance to visit it. A secret: go up to the building's rooftop, as sometimes there are events taking place there and if not, you will have a great view of Gran Via.

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