The Madrid Committee for the Artistic Patrimony visited church and secular buildings which housed objects of particular cultural interest and drew up guidelines for the best way of protecting them: either in situ, having made an inventory of them in sealed rooms, or by moving them to various stores set up in San Francisco el Grande, Santa Bárbara, the Museo del Prado, the Archaeology and Modern Art museums, the National Library and National Historical Archive. More than 20,000 paintings, sculptures and objects were moved by the Committee to these stores, as well as numerous collections of books and archives, catalogued and labelled with the owners’ names, allowing for them to be more easily returned at a later date. In 1937, the Committee undertook to move objects that were in danger as they were located near the battle lines. Thus the contents of the Royal Armoury and the Library of the Royal Palace were moved to the Museo del Prado, while the objects in San Francisco el Grande were moved to the Archaeological Museum

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