NATO Summit rooms promote emblematic Spanish sites

News - 2022.6.28

NATO Summit rooms promote emblematic Spanish sites, such as the Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palma and the Generalife Gardens in Granada. The twenty or so rooms that will host the bilateral meetings between the world leaders are named after a Spanish municipality and their walls feature photographs that reflect the beauty of some of the most special corners of Spain.

In this way, two of the treasures hidden on the island of La Palma, which after the eruption of the volcano is now back to normal, will be present at the summit: a panoramic view of the Caldera de Taburiente is on display in the US office while the Roque de los Muchachos is on display in the Spanish office.

Murals with images of Spain decorate many of the corridors and larger spaces. The enclaves that will be represented at the summit are the town of Potes (Cantabria), the Castle of Olite (Navarra), the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña (Aragon), the Roque de los Muchachos (Canary Islands), the Castle of Almansa (Castilla-La Mancha), Peñíscola (Valencian Community), the Bellver Castle (Balearic Islands), the Castro de Baroña (Galicia), the Generalife Gardens (Andalusia), the walls of the City of Ceuta, Caravaca de la Cruz , (Region of Murcia), the Aqueduct of Miracles (Extremadura), Vall de Boí, (Catalonia), Durango (Basque Country), Cornago Castle (La Rioja), Manzanares el Real Castle (Madrid), Segovia (Castilla y León), Cudillero (Principality of Asturias), the Lighthouse of the City of Melilla and the Caldera de Taburiente (La Palma).

"El Abrazo" by Juan Genovés

In one of the main rooms of the NATO Summit, the so-called VIP Holding Room, a mural depicting Juan Genovés' famous 1976 painting "El Abrazo" (The Embrace), a symbol of the Transition, hangs as a meeting and relaxation area for leaders and ministers.

In addition, the IFEMA pavilions hosting the summit have been decorated with olive and lemon trees, as symbols of Spanish identity. Some 50 copies are distributed throughout the main areas where the heads of state and government will pass through, along with more than a thousand delegates and 2,000 journalists. At the end of the summit, some of these specimens will be taken to the Moncloa Gardens where a new corner will be created in memory of the event that is being held in Madrid these days.

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