Palace of Moncloa

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La Moncloa Palace
Palacio de La Moncloa
Palacio de la Moncloa.jpg
Main facade of La Moncloa Palace
Former names Palace of the Counts of Monclova
Alternative names La Moncloa
General information
Address Avenida Puerta de Hierro, s/n
Town or city Madrid
Country Spain
Coordinates 40°26′43″N 3°44′03″W / 40.4454°N 3.7343°W / 40.4454; -3.7343Coordinates: 40°26′43″N 3°44′03″W / 40.4454°N 3.7343°W / 40.4454; -3.7343
Current tenants Prime Minister of Spain
Construction started 1947 (reconstruction of the 17th century original)
Completed 1955
Renovated 1977
Owner Government of Spain
Design and construction
Architect Isidro González Velázquez
Joaquín Ezquerra del Bayo
Diego Méndez
Palace of Moncloa
Native name
Spanish: Palacio de La Moncloa
Palacio de la Moncloa.jpg
Location Madrid, Spain
Official name: Palacio de La Moncloa
Type Non-movable
Criteria Monument
Designated 1927[1]
Reference No. RI-51-0000326

The Palace of Moncloa or Moncloa Palace (Spanish: Palacio de la Moncloa), located in the Ciudad Universitaria (University City) ward of Madrid (part of Moncloa-Aravaca district), has been the official residence for the Prime Minister of Spain since 1977, when Adolfo Suárez moved the residence from the Palace of Villamejor on the Paseo de la Castellana (currently the seat of the Ministry of Territorial Policy). The residence is surrounded by several other buildings which form the La Moncloa Complex. The Ministry of the Presidency, the First Deputy Prime Minister's Office and the Press Center are located in this complex. The weekly meetings of the Council of Ministers are also held at La Moncloa.

In Spain 'Moncloa' is sometimes used as a metonym for the central government, especially when contrasting with the governments of the autonomous communities.

History[edit]

The Palace was completely destroyed during the Siege of Madrid in the Spanish Civil War. It was later rebuilt to serve as residence for foreign leaders and other personalities. It has served as the official residence to the Prime Ministers of Spain and their families since the Spanish transition to democracy.

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