Spanish National Observatory

Spanish National Observatory
Spanish National Observatory
Native name:
Spanish: Real Observatorio de Madrid
Location: Madrid, Spain
Spanish Property of Cultural Interest
Official name: Real Observatorio de Madrid
Type: Non-movable
Criteria: Monument
Designated: 1995[1]
Reference #: RI-51-0009078
Observatorio Astronómico Nacional

The Spanish National Observatory is an astronomical observatory. It is located in Madrid. It was founded in 1790 in Parque del Buen Retiro by King Carlos IV. The building was designed by Juan de Villanueva and represents one of the highlights of Spanish neoclassical architecture. Its domed lantern was conceived as a classical circular temple.


  1. ^ Database of protected buildings (movable and non-movable) of the Ministry of Culture of Spain

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Coordinates: 40°24′40″N 3°40′41″W / 40.411°N 3.678°W / 40.411; -3.678

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