Buenavista Palace in Madrid
The Buenavista Palace, built in 1777, is the oldest building of those located in the central Plaza de Cibeles and is the current headquarters of the Army.
The Duchess of Alba ordered the demolition of the previous building and commissioned the current palace, more lavish and consistent with the rank of ´Alba´. It was Pedro de Arnal who in 1777 devised a palace that fused Italian and French schemes. At that time many paintings adorned the palace including: la Venus del espejo by Velázquez (now at the National Gallery in London), ), La Madonna de Alba by Rafael (today at the National Gallery in Washington) and La educación de Cupido by Correggio (today at the National Gallery in London).