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Notes on the Geography of Spain: Madrid: Photo 78

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Here's another building he praises highly, the Royal Hospicio del Ave Maria y San Fernando, or Hospital of San Fernando. It was designed by Pedro de Ribera, who also did the Toledo Bridge with its midspan shrines. The style is called Churrigueresque, from the architect José Benito de Churriguera, and Goitia calls it "undoubtedly the finest example of 18th century Madrid Baroque." It functioned as a hospital from its completion in 1729 until 1922. It opened as a history museum in 1926.

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