Monday Night: September 22, 2014
An Evening at the Crystal Gallery
Conference attendees are invited to the Crystal Gallery for an evening of dinner and entertainment.
The Crystal Gallery, or Galeria de Cristal, is a courtyard enclosed by a glass dome that rises 30 meters. The nearly 2,000 unique triangular crystals that form the dome are supported by 2,966 bars connecting to 1,034 nodes. It is located within the Cibeles Palace, the most prominent building of the Plaza de Cibeles. Antonio Palacios built the Palace in 1909 as the headquarters of the postal service. Known as the Palace of Communication, this impressive building was home to the Postal and Telegraphic Museum until 2007, at which point the landmark building became the Madrid City Hall (Ayuntamiento de Madrid).
The Plaza de Cibeles is one of the liveliest, best-known, and most beautiful squares in Madrid. It is home to such emblematic monuments as the Cibeles Fountain, the Bank of Spain, the Linares Palace, and the Buenavista Palace. The Plaza de Cibeles is also the start of the well-known avenue of Paseo del Prado.