ATENEO DE MADRID, C/ PRADO, 21
Although not an educational institution but an exclusive club for men of letters and science, the Ateneo contributed to the professional development of Rizal. It was here where he regularly attended theatrical presentations, music and poetry recitals and book launchings. He was in attendance when Ramon de Compoamor delivered his best poetry in 1884. It was also at the Ateneo where he studied English under the tutelage of Sr. Schüts. At one time, Rizal was presented to the Principe de Baviera, then presiding over the meeting.
Even now, the ambience of the Ateneo is one of quiet, civility and seriousness, with people spending their time in high-ceilinged rooms and galleries. The theatre has retained the classical stage reminiscent of a place for Greek plays. On the hallway are portraits of its most prominent members. Rizal’s portrait used to hang at the end of the hallway.
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