It is the main archive concerning Spain´s American Empire, with 80 million pages of documents dating from 1492 to the fall of the empire in the 19th century. A statement of Spain´s power and influence during the Golden Age. Varying from excited scribblings of Columbus to the most mundane bookkeeping of remote jungle outposts.
The building, an immense granite construction guarded by lions, was refurbished between 2003 and 2005.
A short film will show you its full story, and there are some fascinating original colonial maps and documents. Researchers can examine documents in the reading room, after filling out a form and showing an ID.
Calle Santo Tomás
Mon to Sat, from 10:00 to 16:00 hours.
Sun & Holidays, from 10.00 to 14:00 hours.