Instituto de San Isidro
In the centre of Madrid, between “Plaza Mayor”, “barrio de los Austrias” and “el Rastro”


Is, probably, the most antique educative centre of all Spain, because of that it preserves a very valuable educative heritage.
Thanks to its excellent faculty, their effort to disseminate new ideas and knowledge that came up at the late of the 19th century and to offer a modern education to young people from Madrid as from any other place; its prestige increased through the first hundred years.
Some of the people of this centre have written some of the best educational texts of the Spanish history. For example:
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· Calderón de la Barca
· Francisco Quevedo
· Machado brothers
· José Canalejas
· Jacinto Benavente
· Camino José Cela
· Juan Carlos I (King)


  • In 1603, the Jesuits established a school called Colegio Imperial at the Court.
  • In 1625, they created the Reales Estudios de San Isidro when they integrated Los Estudios de la Villa (founded in 1346) and the Academia de Matemáticas (founded by Felipe II)
  • In 1767, Carlos III expelled the Jesuits and reestablished the Reales Estudios as a secular institution.
  • In 1845, the Instituto de Segunda Enseñanza San Isidro is created.

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Work that represents the Baroque style: Herrerian (developed at the late 16th century during Felipe II reign, its basic characteristics are: without many decorative objects, geometric rigour, new types of ornament as pyramids and the buildings were huge to symbolised the monarchy.

Built by Francisco Bautista and Melchor de Bueras.

The most antique and best preserved part of this centre is the cloister built of granite in 1679 and seen after going through the main door.

“La Historia del Instituto San Isidro”. Comunidad de Madrid. Educa Madrid. 23 May 2007. Web. 12 April 2016. <__>
“IES San Isidro. Madrid”. Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. Consejo Escolar del Estado. March 2008. Web. 12 April 2016. <__>