Cortes / Barrio de Las Letras
Barrio de las Letras is a popular name preferred by many when referring to this area. The name recalls its literary splendor developed throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. Some of the most prominent writers of the Golden Age of Spanish literature settled in this area, such as Miguel de Cervantes, Quevedo, Góngora, and Lope de Vega.
Located between the Paseo del Prado and the Plaza de Santa Ana, Barrio de las Letras is one of the most charming and interesting places in Madrid, with a bohemian flavor and magic quality that makes it unique in the world. It still retains an aura of tradition in its architecture, its narrow cobblestone streets, its many pedestrian streets, its history and its tranquility.
Most of the buildings that remain in the Barrio de las Letras were built at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. However, the Palace of the Count of Tepa and the Royal Academy of History correspond to the 18th century. Other buildings of architectural interest are the Spanish Theater, the Simeón Building and the Ateneo de Madrid.
museums and cultural venues
Church and Convent of Las Trinitarias Descalzas