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National Historical Archive

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  • Façade of the National Historical Archive. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Façade of the National Historical Archive. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

  • Entrance hall of the National Historical Archive. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Entrance hall of the National Historical Archive. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

  

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Serrano, 115
28006 Madrid
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The National Historical Archive was created in 1866, with the mission of organising all the documentation originating in religious institutions that had come into the State’s possession as a consequence of the processes of selling off church lands in 19th century.

Subsequently, this original collection of documents was added to by important collections of documents from the Modern and Contemporary periods. It currently conserves the documentation from auctioned ecclesiastical institutions, from State Commissions, Councils and Secretariats, and from the Office of the Modern Age. It also has custody of the collections of contemporary institutions like the Treasury, Foreign Ministry, Supreme Court and the Madrid Provincial Court. Additionally, it conserves a great number of private archives and collections, such as codices and seals (used to authorise documents, orders, etc.). Its current premises were inaugurated in 1953.

Essential works

  • Comments of a canonical content on moral behaviour by Andreas Johannes. National Historical Archive. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Comments of a canonical content on moral behaviour

    This 13th-century codex from the Cathedral of Avila contains comments on the decretals on canon law regarding proper behaviour, aspects of matrimony and monastic life.

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  • Concession of Alfonso IX to the Monastery of San Benito in Sahagún. National Historical Archive. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Concession of Alfonso IX to the Monastery of San Benito in Sahagún

    The numerous royal and ecclesiastical documents in the monastery archive make this one of the richest collections for a study of Castile in the Middle Ages.

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  • Papal dispensation for granting the title of knight of the Order of Saint James to Diego de Silva Velázquez. National Historical Archive. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Papal dispensation for Diego de Silva Velázquez to be knighted in the Order of Saint James

    Philip IV had to resort to asking the Pope Alexander VII to give the famous painter to be knighted into the Order of Saint James.

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  • The Caspe Commitment. National Historical Archive. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    The Caspe Commitment

    This document proves the importance of medieval parliaments, the structuring of the land and the coming to the throne of a new dynasty in the Kingdom of Aragón.

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  • Book of the Calced Trinitarians which records the release of Cervantes, captive in Algiers. National Historical Archive. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Book of the Calced Trinitarians which records the release of Cervantes, captive in Algiers.

    The actions of the Calced Trinitarians were collected in books like this one, where the commissioners, the amount of money given, who gave it and who was released are included.

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  • Treaty of Aranjuez whereby Spain cedes Louisiana to France National Historical Archive. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Treaty of Aranjuez by which Spain gives Louisiana to France

    The Treaty of San Ildefonso in 1800 and the Treaty of Aranjuez in 1801 were two secret agreements signed by Spain and France during the Napoleonic wars.

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Collections

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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Sep 01 to Jul 31

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8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Aug 01 to Aug 31

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8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

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