Within the area of Conde Duque and Plaza de las Comendadoras we can discover a great variety of monuments, restaurants and places with a lot of experience and reputation.
Something very important is that in good weather it is full of people who occupy the various terraces and visit the various monuments and landmarks of this famous square.
The Plaza de las Comendadoras has an excellent location, next to Calle de San Bernardo via Calle Quiñones, with the Conde-Duque barracks and the Plaza de España close by, making it a great meeting place to get together with friends and family.
Convent of the Comendadoras de Santiago
Located in the Plaza de las Comendadoras, this monastery of nuns of the Military Order of Santiago was established by Philip IV in 1650. Its most famous feature is its church, which has a Greek cross floor plan with semicircular ends. It also has a beautiful dome on pendentives and chamfered pillars in the centre.
The convent of the Comendadoras de Santiago was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in the Monument category in 1970.
In 2020, the second phase of the building’s restoration began, with structural consolidation and renovation work being carried out on the church and towers of the Convent, for its subsequent opening to the public.
ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration
Located in the heart of Madrid, this building, constructed in 1900, now houses an innovative cultural space.
The interior of the museum has more than 3,800 square metres, divided into six floors, two of which are underground. The space has two large exhibition halls, several multifunctional areas, the Espacio Edelvives bookshop, a floor dedicated to management work and a glass room perfect for events.
The museum is a living area, where there is capacity for subjects such as comics and animation, with a focus on both experts and the general public.
In 2022, Madrid City Council and the ABC Collection Foundation reached an agreement whereby the ABC Museum will continue its activity on the 2 lower floors of the building while the Clara del Rey Cultural Centre will be added to the upper floors.
Conde Duque Barracks
The Conde Duque cultural space provides more than 58,777 square metres of infrastructure for culture. The Cuartel del Conde Duque has an auditorium and a theatre where various shows and performing arts exhibitions are regularly held.
The name Cuartel del Conde Duque comes from the fact that a barracks was created at the end of 1717 at the behest of Felipe V. In 1976, the building was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument, so it was not demolished.
It was not until 1983 that Conde Duque became a cultural centre, under the auspices of Madrid City Council.
And you, did you already know any of these places? What are you waiting for to spend some time in this emblematic square and its surroundings?