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Old Military Government. It houses the Vasallo Museum, the Royal Hispano-American Academy, the Gaditano Athenaeum, the Military Library, the Federico Joly Foundation, the Galván Stamping Workshop, the Municipal Culture Foundation and the Aramburu family legacy exhibition.

It is located opposite the Candelaria Bastion. It was built between 1758 and 1759, the work was directed by Silvestre Abarca.

The building, a real jewel of its time, stands out in its facades for its classic, balanced and monumental appearance. At the time it housed seven residences or houses of military engineers. This was one of the first facades of Cádiz that began to break up and expose the ostionera stone.

The Reina Sofía Cultural Center was inaugurated in October 2006 by Her Majesty Queen Sofia. Its main claims are the works of Juan Luis Vasallo, one of the best Spanish sculptors of the 20th century. Author of the Minerva of the Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid, Juan Luis always wanted his work to be exhibited in his hometown. That is why, thanks to the gratitude of the family, his sculptures are in the courtyard, on the stairs and on the second floor of the former Military Government of Cádiz. The Vasallo Museum exhibits 140 works and twenty original drawings given by the artist's family.

On the other hand, the Municipal Cultural Center "Reina Sofia" also welcomes the legacy that the Aramburu Picardo Family has donated to the city of Cádiz. The collection consists of some 86 works, including engravings, portraits, oil miniatures, country scenes, religious or costumbrist paintings. The collection includes about 20 miniatures in oil, about 40 engravings, another twenty paintings of different sizes and some Roman amphoras.

Comments:For guided tours book by telephone at the center's telephone numbers: 956221680 and 956227624. The schedule of these visits is Monday to Saturday at 11:30 and 17:00. Sunday at 11:30. The visits are guided by hostesses who explain floor by floor all the equipment of the Center including the Rooms of the Museum of the sculptor of Cádiz Juan Luis Vassallo.