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Colegio Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

Coordinates: 40°26′48″N 3°41′14″W / 40.44667°N 3.68722°W / 40.44667; -3.68722
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Fachada posterior del Colegio Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas - La Salle, y del Gimnasio.

Colegio Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas (English:Our Lady of Wonders) is a private Catholic school in Madrid, Spain, belonging to the order of La Salle founded in 1892 by Brother Justinus Marie, belonging to the Brothers of the Christian Schools of La Salle. The current director is Juanjo Cerrajero Amat about 2,000 students, compared with 10 who had the opening day.[1]


The school's first location was at Bravo Murillo Street, in the neighborhood of Cuatro Caminos (now his place is the Mercado de Maravillas). On May 11, 1931, the school along with its attached school, School of San Jose, perished in the fire.[1] The plot is inherited from the Novitiate created by the "Brothers of the Christian Schools" in 1889, and takes its name from an old paper mill that was there. At 3 years, the novitiate was moved to Burgos, adopting both the school grounds and the building, as the name.[1]

The school was reopened in 1933[1] at a house located at 54 Paseo de la Castellana with the name "College-Academy Menendez Pelayo" in an atmosphere of secrecy due to the political situation in the country, to that July 20 of 1936 when they dispersed again.[1] After the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939, the school opened for the third time regaining its original name for the post of 14 Christian Brothers led by Felipe Hilario. The school moved in 1943 due to a larger number of students.[1] The school acquired nearly 9,000 sq meters of space in 1941 in the Colony Viso.[1]

The school was inaugurated on May 15, 1939, coinciding with the feast of Jean-Baptiste de La Salle.[1]

The figure of Mary Immaculate (image reproduction on one of the columns of Piazza di Spagna, Rome) located on the exterior facade of the Church of the school, aimed at Calle Joaquin Costa, who is the original figure, has existed since the first location of the college, and was all that was saved from a fire of 1931. It was blessed in 1892 by the SS Nuncio, Monsignor Angelo di Pietro.[1]


In 1962, the gymnasium was inaugurated, considered today as one of the greatest architectural constructions of Madrid, and is being studied by architecture students.[citation needed] was designed and built by the architect Alejandro de la Sota required to bridge a gap of 12 meters between the Guadalquivir and Joaquín Costa streets.[1]


  • France Justinus Marie (funder 1892)
  • France Lucidas Joseph (1893–98)
  • France Justinien Martyr (1898–99)
  • France Jovinien Pierre (1899–04)
  • Spain Hipólito (1904–23)
  • Spain Regimberto (1923–29)
  • Spain Hilario Felipe (1929–45)
  • Spain Felipe Urbano (1945–46) 1º Directorado
  • Spain Pelayo María (1946–49)
  • Spain Teodosio Luis (1949–55)
  • Spain Felipe Urbano (1945–46) 2º Directorado
  • Spain Domingo Ruiz (1957–63)
  • Spain Ricardo Álvarez (1963–66)
  • Spain Evaglio Sánchez (1966–67)
  • Spain Luis Álvarez (1967–72)
  • Spain Inocencio Barbero (1972–81)
  • Spain Esteban Hernáez (1981–89)
  • Spain Alejandro Pérez–Ochoa (1989–04)
  • Spain Teodomiro Rodríguez (2004–12)
  • Spain Juan Alberto Pérez (2004–16)
  • Spain Juanjo Cerrajero Amat (2016–Act.)

Media appearances[edit]

The school has appeared in countless news releases, and news highlighting their anniversary. In addition, various school facilities have been on numerous occasions and unique scenarios of large media events:

Humanitarian work[edit]

The school has worked with the '"Building NGO Community of Nazareth"' since 1987. This initiative came together by Alumni and Parents.[2]

External links[edit]


  • Cien años maravillosos, Colegio Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas, (1992). ISBN 84-604-8785-7
  • Historia de la Arquitectura Moderna, Leonardo Benévolo, (1996). ISBN 84-252-1641-9
  • Jan Duiker. Obras y proyectos, Jan Molema, (1989). ISBN 84-252-1520-X
  • Arquitectura del Siglo XX, TASCHEN, (2001). ISBN 3-8228-1164-5
  • Arquitectura de España, 1929/1996, Carlos Flores, (2001). ISBN 84-920718-9-3
  • El Racionalismo Madrileño, Juan Antonio Cortés, (1992).
  • Vivencias y divisiones. El Gimnasio Maravillas de Alejandro de la Sota, Tesis doctoral UPM-ETSAM, Víctor Olmos (2010)
  • http://oa.upm.es/6587/


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Lasallemaravillas.com. "Historia del Colegio Maravillas". Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  2. ^ "ONG Edificando Comunidad de Nazaret | la Salle Maravillas". Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2012-03-29.

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