On 16 November, the first images of the Landscape of Light Visitor Centre in Palacio de Cibeles (Cibeles Palace) were released. This project is one of the initiatives the Madrid City Council has been promoting since the candidacy of the Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, Landscape of Arts and Sciences was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2021.
The Landscape of Light Visitor Centre has been designed so that any visitor can learn about, understand and appreciate the history, cultural heritage and institutions that form part of this world heritage site.
For this reason, every six months, the Visitor Centre will host various exhibits from the various cultural institutions located within the Landscape of Light. It is a way to showcase the rich and extensive heritage that can be found in this cultural landscape.
The first institution to loan its items to the Visitor Centre is the Royal Botanical Gardens, one of the oldest institutions in the Landscape of Light. Founded in 1755 by Fernando VI, it was moved to its current location, in the Landscape of Light, in 1781 by order of Charles III. Francisco Sabatini and Juan de Villanueva took charge of the project.