Madrid’s splendor is on full display at the grand Plaza de la Cibeles, a roundabout surrounded by notable buildings, including the stunning Cybele Palace (Palacio de Cibeles). Formerly the communications palace, the colossal structure was designed by Antonio Palacios and Joaquín Otamendi and opened in 1909.
Today it houses the city council offices, as well as the CentroCentro cultural center, which comprises a tourist information center, exhibition hall and a terrace with views overlooking the city. The exhibition space often hosts art shows, workshops, conferences and the occasional concert. The center also houses a cafeteria-style restaurant and a sit-down restaurant.
The CentroCentro cultural center inside Cybele Palace offers free entry on the first Wednesday of every month.