Banco de España in Madrid
The Banco de España (Bank of Spain, in english) is the central bank of Spain. It was built with the aim of providing a building for the National Bank more in line with the importance of its role, which was the issue of notes and coins for the entire Spanish territory.
The current Bank is the result of the merger in 1846 between the Bank of San Fernando, which had been created in 1829 replacing the former San Carlos (1782) and that of Elizabeth II, an independent bank established in 1844. Following the merger of these two banks, in 1848 the new entity adopted the current name of National Bank of Spain.
Curiously, some of the decorative elements that have been used in the facade are of clear pre-Columbian influence, highlighting the place of origin of the gold with the founding of the institution.
Its interior houses a large collection of paintings, including works by Goya, Mengs, Maella and Vicente Lopez, among others.