La casa arabe madrid
Study arabic in madrid
Next to the Retiro Park, on Alcalá Street in Madrid, you will find the Arab House. A 19th century neo-Mudejar building that attracts attention. Its facade of face brick with geometric motifs and its tower is often photographed by tourists passing by. To get there you have the nearest stop at Príncipe de Vergara.
What can you find? Inside you have the Shukran Restaurant on the first floor of the building, with a terrace and a main lounge. Lebanese style, with well presented and hearty dishes. The hummus, falafel and eggplant pastilla are spectacular. It is a perfect restaurant for business events, impromptu lunches or corporate dinners.
Any event of a cultural nature has a good setting here. For this reason, its location and the history hidden in the building, the Casa árabe is one of the top venues for the organization of events in Madrid.
Inicio de sesión de casa árabe
DescripciónInformaciónLa sede madrileña de Casa Árabe se encuentra en un edificio neomudéjar construido en 1886 en la calle Alcalá, junto a la entrada norte del Parque del Retiro, que alberga las Escuelas Aguirre de finales del siglo XIX.
El edificio fue un proyecto del arquitecto Emilio Rodríguez Ayuso, que lo diseñó como un edificio de dos plantas capaz de albergar espacios educativos muy innovadores para la época, como un gimnasio, una biblioteca, un museo escolar, un patio de recreo, una sala de música e incluso un observatorio meteorológico en la torre.
Casa Árabe tiene sede en Córdoba y en Madrid y cuenta con el apoyo de diversas instituciones públicas como el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, los gobiernos regionales de Madrid y Andalucía, y las Diputaciones de Madrid y Córdoba.
Entre sus servicios destacan el restaurante y la terraza «Acoge un Plato Casa Árabe», que sirve platos dentro de la iniciativa «Acoge un Plato Catering» desarrollada por la Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR); una mediateca y la librería Balqis, especializada en la cultura árabe.
Currently, Casa Árabe hosts exhibitions, seminars, film screenings, Arabic writing workshops, among many other activities. In addition, in its vicinity is the Arabic Writing Center where you can learn the art of Arabic writing for a fairly cheap price with different levels and schedules to facilitate learning.
Casa Árabe is a consortium established in 2006 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. It currently has two headquarters, one of them in the Community of Madrid and the other in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, exactly in Cordoba.
Its mission is to be an active instrument that contributes, from the political, cultural and intellectual institutions, to consolidate the relationship with Arab and Muslim countries as a reference in the study and knowledge of the history of these countries.
Cordoba arab house
As Elena Gonzalez, assistant director and coordinator of Casa Arabe’s Programming, points out, the neo-Mudejar «coincides with the Romantic movement and that taste for the East». Thus, the aim is to recover the elements of Hispano-Arabic art not only in architecture, but also in other arts such as literature.
Gonzalez sees in this building the oriental exoticism that was sought in the past, but also looks at the present time, «with a very strong economic, cultural and educational relationship» between our country and the various Arab countries.
To Paloma Sobrini, general director of Cultural Heritage of the Community of Madrid, the architecture of the Casa Arabe reminds her of the reflection made by the Mexican Nobel Literature Prize winner Octavio Paz, who said that «architecture is the most incorruptible witness of History».
Casa Arabe has two headquarters. One is in Cordoba (Casa Mudejar) and the other in Madrid: the former Escuelas Aguirre building. It owes its name to the philanthropist Lucas Aguirre, a man of humble origins who made his fortune as a merchant and landowner in the 19th century and who, upon his death, gave a large part of his inheritance to the creation of educational centers. Specifically, three: one in Burgos, another in his native Cuenca and a third -the current Casa Árabe- in Madrid.