Naval Engineering School - UPM
The origin of the teaching of Naval Engineering in Spain dates back to 1772 during the reign of Carlos III, when the Academy of Marine Engineers was created, based in Ferrol. This institution contributed so much to the creation of a powerful Spanish fleet. Its activity lasted until 1827 and restarted in mid-century with the creation of the School of Engineers of the Navy in San Fernando (Cádiz) and its subsequent return to Ferrol activity. The government of the Second Republic created the Special School of Naval Architects in 1933, dependent and the Ministry of Public Instruction.
In the early years, this School has an itinerant headquarters in several buildings of Madrid. The most notably was the palace of the street O'Donnell, 26, adapted to teaching after the Civil War. The devastation caused by the war forced the government to consider rebuilding the means of production and including those linked to maritime activity and shipbuilding. To do this, one of the objectives was to have qualified engineers in this sector and, consequently, decided to start the construction work of a new building on the grounds of the Ciuddad Universitaria. Since 1948, the year of its inauguration, is the headquarters of the then Special School of Naval Engineers and today School of Naval Engineers. From the main body of the building emerges, as a distinctive feature, a slender tower inspired by the Roman lighthouse of Hercules in La Coruña, lighthouse whose original building dates from the time of Emperor Trajan.
Madrid - A cosmopolitan city
Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city that combines the infrastructures and status as an economic, financial, administrative and service centre, with a large cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of centuries of exciting history. Madrid has one of the most important historic centres of all the great European cities.
The historic centre, also known as the "Madrid of Los Austrias" (in reference to the Hapsburg monarchs), and the spectacular Plaza Mayor square are a living example of the nascent splendour of the city in the 16th and 17th centuries. Art and culture play a key role in Madrid's cultural life.
The capital has over 60 museums which cover every field of human knowledge. Highlights include the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía National Art Centre, dedicated to contemporary Spanish art. Madrid's extensive and beautifully maintained parks and gardens –like the Retiro park, formerly the recreational estate to the Spanish monarchs, the Casa de Campo and the Juan Carlos I park– offer inhabitants and visitors the chance to enjoy the sunshine, stroll, row on their lakes or feed the squirrels, in one of the greenest capitals in Europe.
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