The Area

Conde Duque can be found in the university district, or Universidad, right in the centre of Madrid and bordered by the streets, or calles, Princesa, Gran Vía, Fuencarral, Carranza and Alberto Aguilera, takes its name from the Central University, which was founded in 1843 on San Bernardo Street in the old Jesuit Noviate.

Universidad is an area that stands out for two great reasons: for its wide and rich heritage and for its concentration of cultural activity, owing to the many institutions, associations, entrepreneurs and organisations that reside there. It is a true cultural melting pot, offering some of the best entertainment to be had in Madrid. The area is widely known as Malasaña, in reference to the seamstress Manuela Malasaña who was assassinated by Napoleon's troops during the Dos de Mayo uprising in 1808. She was accused of carrying a weapon when she was, in fact, only carrying scissors – a necessity of her trade.

The monumental building of the Conde Duque shares the neighbourhood with the Convent of the Knights of Santiago (Convento de las Comendadoras de Santiago el Mayor), Liria Palace, the Complutense University of Madrid (previously housed in the old Jesuit Novitiate, but currently in the Spanish Institute) and the Telefónica building, to name but a few of the area's patrimonial treasures. Add to that cultural organisations such as the ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration (el Museo ABC de Dibujo e Ilustración) the Amaniel Professional Conservatory of Music (Conservatorio Profesional de Música Amaniel), the Higher School of Singing (La Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid), the School of Creative Music (la Escuela de Música Creativa), BlankPaper or the Telefónica foundation.

Conde Duque can be found in the university district, or Universidad, right in the centre of Madrid

Universidad is an area that stands out for two great reasons: for its wide and rich heritage and for its concentration of cultural activity