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General Military Archive in Madrid. Map Library

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  • Sanpayo bridge. Maps of the Penisular Wars. General Military Archive in Madrid © Ministerio de Defensa

    Sanpayo bridge. Maps of the Penisular Wars. General Military Archive in Madrid © Ministerio de Defensa



Paseo de Moret, 3
28008 Madrid

Telephone+34 917808749


The map department in the General Military Archive in Madrid has one of the best collections of maps in Spain, both in volume and quality.

The documentation comes from the combined collections of the former War Depository and the Archive of Military Engineers. It has over 45,000 maps dating from between the 17th and 20th centuries depicting Spain, Europe, America and the rest of the world. Almost 37,500 date from prior to 1901. Not only are there territorial representations, but also town plans, building works, the design of military campaigns… Of particular interest are the maps of the overseas provinces (America and the Philippines), particularly those from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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The collections in the archive can be accessed through the Portal of Spanish Archives (PARES), created for the purpose of disseminating over the Internet the Spanish Historical Documents conserved in its network of centres.

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Monday A Thursday

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM


9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

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