Palacio de las Cortes is a building in Madrid
where the Spanish Congress of Deputies
meet. It is located on the Calle Zorrilla and the Carrera de San Jerónimo, near the Paseo del Prado
. It was built by Narciso Pascual Colomer
from 1843 to 1850.
in the neoclassic
style and is one of the most emblematic buildings of Madrid from the 19th century.
The building came to international attention during the attempted coup d'état
known in Spain as the '23-F
', in 1981. Antonio Tejero
, a lieutenant colonel in the Guardia Civil
to who was an unrepentant Falangist
, stormed the Congress of Deputies chamber along with dozens of armed officers, disrupting proceedings to elect Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo
as the new Spanish prime minister
. The insurgents opened fire within the chamber though no one was harmed. The deputies were held hostage for 18 hours before the coup unravelled.
The bullet holes are still visible in the plenary and are shown to visitors on guided tours.
Category:Government buildings completed in 1850
Category:Legislative buildings in Spain
Category:Neoclassical architecture in Madrid
Category:Palaces in Madrid
Category:Buildings and structures in Cortes neighborhood, Madrid