This building is located on Paseo del Prado, just 10 minutes’ walk from the Prado Museum, and it houses an extensive collection of objects related to the glorious Spanish Naval History. You should know that Spain dominated the seven seas during centuries. Unfortunately this did not translate into significant economic benefits and progress. Although the country received large amounts of gold and commodities (diamonds, precious gems, wood, etc.) from America, the Royal Household, a parasitic nobility and wars consumed much of the budget.
Without any doubt, the most valuable piece of the museum is the cartography of Juan de la Cosa (1500) which was designed to be shown to the Catholic Kings, Fernando and Isabel. This cartography includes the Americas for the first time in history. We also can find interesting collections that bring together a variety of objects, including figureheads, amphorae, compasses, astrolabes and even a beautiful collection of old ship models.
- Address: Paseo del Prado, 5
- Metro Station: 2 Banco de España
- Prices: 3€
- Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: from 10:00 to 19:00/ Mondays & holidays closed
- Website: www.armada.mde.es