Madrid and its main attractions. Description, photos.

Madrid. The best sights of the city.

Madrid is a vibrant and full of historical and cultural attractions capital of Spain. Wide streets are filled with traffic, but cozy parks dilute the city’s hustle and bustle. Madrid is a modern, stylish metropolis where you feel the atmosphere of the real Spain.

You can’t say Madrid is the charm of Andalusia or the beauty of Barcelona. After all, it’s the capital. The city is active both day and night.

Experienced travelers advise to visit Madrid in the spring or autumn. At that time the weather is milder. But in summer it can be very hot.

Madrid has a lot of historic monuments and art museums, as well as beautiful gardens and squares.

For starters, we suggest you visit a number of great places in the city. Of course, these are not all the iconic attractions of Madrid. They are rather starting points for your exploration of the Spanish capital.

The heart of the city is the Puerta del Sol.

The square gets its name from the solar emblem that was on the ancient city gates that stood here earlier.

Puerta del Sol Square

Puerta del Sol means “Gate of the Sun” in Spanish.

This gate was oriented to the rising sun. Puerta del Sol is an important transport hub. There are several bus stops and a metro station.

Interesting fact – this square has become the “Kilometer Zero” to measure the distances of all Spanish roads

Puerta del Sol was the scene of many historical events, for example, the Spanish confrontation with Napoleon on May 2, 1808. And in 1931 it was here that the Second Republic was proclaimed.

Now the square is a great place to hang out and enjoy life. Pay attention to the interesting and unusual monument “The Bear and the Strawberry Tree”. The sculpture by Antonio Navarro Santafa was installed here on January 10, 1967.

The Bear and the Strawberry Tree

The height of the monument is 4 meters, and weighs almost 20 tons.

An interesting fact – the Bear and the strawberry tree are a symbol of Madrid. They are depicted on the emblem of the city

Near Puerta del Sol is El Corte Ingles, the city’s largest shopping center. Also nearby is La Violeta confectionery store, where you can buy Madrid’s signature purple candy.

Museo del Prado

The Museo del Prado is a first class museum. Its collection has about 8,000 paintings and 700 sculptures. Among its vast assortment of artworks are many masterpieces that rival the most famous works of the Louvre in Paris.

Prado Museum

The Prado Museum exhibits about 2,300 pieces of its collection in more than 100 rooms on 3 floors. Seeing it all in one visit is quite difficult. Therefore, the Prado has options for self-guided tours that focus on specific themes.

Most of the collection is paintings by Spanish masters from the 12th to 19th centuries. Part of the Prado Museum’s exhibition space includes a modern building and the restored 16th-century monastery of San Jerónimo el Real. In these galleries there is an interesting collection of Spanish paintings of the 17th century with religious themes. For opening hours and admission prices, visit the museum’s official website.

National Museum of Art of Queen Sofia

The National Museum of Art, opened by Queen Sofia in 1986, has become an avant-garde center for contemporary art. The elegant building was created by architect Antonio Fernandez Alba.

Queen Sofia National Museum of the Arts

The museum is similar to the Pompidou Center in Paris, especially the glass towers that house the elevators outside the building

Another surprise for tourists is the charming garden with interesting sculptures in the courtyard.

The Museo Reina Sofia contains more than 23,000 works of art in its collections. There are masterpieces by Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Alexander Calder. The exhibits are presented in several halls located in an exhibition area of more than 39000 m 2 .

Check the museum’s website for opening hours and admission prices.

Parque Retiro and the Palacio de Cristal

Retiro Park is an oasis of tranquility in the bustling heart of Madrid. This beautifully manicured park will give you a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The park covers over 140 hectares with over 15,000 trees.

Retiro Park

The historic 17th century park will delight you with its sophisticated atmosphere, beautiful landscaping and colorful avenues

During the reign of Isabella II in the 19th century, much attention was paid to the park. Reconstruction and additional landscaping was carried out.

Retiro Park belonged to the Spanish royal family until the 19th century. But after it became a public park. From the main entrance from Independence Square you will get to the center of the park. From here you can walk to the Rose Garden (La Rosaleda), the French Jardin de Don Cecilio and the Andalusian-style Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez.

The Crystal Palace, built in 1887, is a magnificent building.

Crystal Palace

Frequent art exhibitions are held here.

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The Crystal Palace overlooks an elegant fountain and a pond. You will also find other notable fountains in Retiro Park, such as Los Galapagos (Fountain of the Turtle) and El Ángel Caido (Fallen Angel).

Interesting fact – For astronomy lovers, the park has an observatory built back in 1790

The Cibeles Fountain (Fuente de Cibeles) and Gran Via

The Fountain of Cibeles is located at the main traffic intersection of Madrid. It is one of the main symbols of the city.

Fuente de Cibeles (Fountain of Cibeles)

Realistic statues depict the Roman goddess Cybele in a chariot drawn by a pair of lions.

The fountain was built in 1782 by Francisco Gutiérrez and Roberto Michel. And originally its purpose was simply to provide the inhabitants with water.

Interesting fact – the goddess of fertility Quibela is highly revered by fans of Madrid soccer club Real Madrid

It is on the square at her feet they celebrate the victory of their team, as well as all the victories of the Spanish national soccer team. Behind the fountain you will see the Palacio de Cibeles, where there is a cultural center with the interesting name CentroCentro. Exhibitions and concerts, seminars and presentations are held here.

Nearby is one of Madrid’s most popular streets, Gran Vía. On this lively street you will find many cafes, stores, hotels and theaters.

Gran Via

Gran Vía is one of Madrid’s most famous streets

Adjacent to the Gran Vía on Calle Jovellanos is the famous Zarzuela Theatre, which hosts ballets, classical music concerts and the famous Zarzuela plays (these are special satirical operas with songs accompanied by the classical Spanish guitar).

Royal Palace and Gardens

This imposing palace is actually the Spanish version of Versailles. However, unlike Versailles, which is now just a museum, the Royal Palace of Madrid is still the official residence of the monarch (the King of Spain).

Royal Palace

It is still used for official state events

The palace was commissioned by Philip V in the 18th century. Its facade is made of granite and white Kolmenar stone. The Ionic columns and Doric pilasters are based on sketches by the sculptor Bernini, which he planned to use for the Louvre in Paris. There are statues of Spanish kings on the balustrade.

A striking interior aspect is the massive staircase with the fresco “Triumph of Religion and Church.” The walls of the entire palace are abundantly decorated with paintings by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, El Greco and Caravaggio, as well as magnificent tapestries by Flemish and French masters.

The apartments of King Charles III are some of the most beautiful rooms in the palace. They are decorated with refined decor of the age of Enlightenment.

The throne room is decorated with frescoes by Tiepolo. Here you’ll see one of his best works, The Grandeur of the Spanish Monarchy.

The Royal Armory of the palace has 3,000 medieval artifacts. On display is the armor and weapons that Spanish kings used over the centuries.

Campo del Moro Gardens

Don’t forget to visit the palatial gardens of Campo del Moro.

Campo del Moro Gardens

They are laid out just behind the Royal Palace.

These delightful and historic gardens were created during the reign of Philip II and are landscaped in the French style, with fountains and walkways. The 20 hectares of gardens provide a haven of serenity in the center of Madrid. It is the perfect place for relaxation and scenic walks.

Jardines de Sabatini

The Classicist gardens were created in the 1930s on the site of the stables that Francisco Sabatini built for the Royal Palace. The magnificent gardens are now named after the architect.

Jardines de Sabatini

They are located in front of the north façade of the Royal Palace. King Juan Carlos I opened them to the public in 1978.

Almudena Cathedral

Almudena Cathedral is probably the most important religious building in Madrid. It was consecrated by Pope John Paul II on June 15, 1993. This made it the first cathedral to be consecrated outside of Rome.

Almudena Cathedral

Construction of the cathedral began on April 4, 1883. The first stone of the building was laid by King Alfonso XII of Spain himself. The architect of the project was Francisco de Cubas.

The interior of the temple is quite amazing, as it is completely different from any other cathedral built in the same period. The ceiling and stained glass windows are decorated with bright colors, and straight lines dominate the architecture. All this is very different from the classical style.

You will find Almudena Cathedral next to the Royal Palace.

Plaza Mayor

This elegant 17th century square was built under Philip III. It was used mainly as the center of commerce and city life. It was also used for ceremonial occasions like the proclamation of a new king or the canonization of saints.

Plaza Mayor

The square was also used as an arena for bullfights, theatrical performances and even jousting tournaments.

It took on its present form after a fire in 1790. The square was fenced off and nine entrance arches were built with access to the main streets.

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Today the Plaza Mayor remains an important site in Madrid. The vast paved square is a pedestrian area surrounded by cafes and restaurants. In the evenings the square has a lively atmosphere and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

Berlin Park

This urban park is located between Calle Ramon y Cajal, Calle Marcenado and Calle San Ernesto. Here you will find decorative fountains and children’s playgrounds.

Berlin Park

In addition, there is a monument to the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven and a bear that represents the city of Berlin.

The main fountain, located near the church of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, in the lower part of the park, is dedicated to the demolition of the Berlin Wall.

Ancient Egyptian Temple of Debod

In La Montaña Park (next to Plaza de España) you will find an ancient Egyptian temple.

The Ancient Egyptian Temple of Debod

It is a real Egyptian temple from the 2nd century BC. It was given to Spain by the Egyptian authorities in gratitude for the preservation of the temples of Abu Simbel during the construction of the Aswan Dam in 1968. The temple was taken to Madrid and reassembled at the new location.

The monument is surrounded by intimate gardens and magnificent fountains.

Goya’s frescoes in the Hermita de San Antonio de la Florida

Perhaps not the most visited historical treasures in Madrid are the unique frescoes by the famous Francesco Goya. They are on display at the Museo Hermit de San Antonio de la Florida.

Among Goya’s best works are frescoes illustrating the miracle performed by St. Anthony and scenes of ordinary life in Madrid.

An interesting fact – originally it was a chapel, not a museum. It is now declared a national monument and is not used for religious ceremonies. This was done in order to protect the frescoes

Basilica of San Francisco el Grande

The church was built by Carlos III in 1761 for the Franciscan monastery. The basilica was designed by Francisco Cabezas. Construction was completed in 1784 under the direction of Francisco Sabatini.

San Francisco Basilica

San Francisco Basilica – aka St. Francis Church

The interior is adorned by an inspiring 58-meter dome that is larger than the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Magnificent paintings adorn the basilica’s chapels. There are even masterpieces by ancient Spanish masters. The church museum in the monastery displays a variety of items of religious art.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Fine Arts

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum presents fine works of European art from the 13th through the 20th centuries.

The collection includes about 1,000 paintings on medieval religious art, Renaissance portraits and biblical themes, the Baroque period, Rococo, Romanticism, Impressionism, Expressionism, modern art and Pop Art. In addition, there is a good collection of 19th century American paintings.

Santiago Bernabeu – home stadium of Real Madrid

It should be noted that not all the attractions of Madrid are only museums and monuments of art. One of the attractions is dedicated to the art of soccer. This is the home, one might say, home, stadium of the soccer club Real Madrid.

Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid

The stadium is visited not only by fans and supporters, but also by tourists. You can take a tour of the stadium, as well as the museum with exhibitions of trophies, team artifacts and temporary exhibits.

Joaquin Sorolla House Museum.

This cozy and inviting museum is dedicated to the work of Joaquin Sorolla. He is the most famous Spanish impressionist painter.

Joaquin Sorolla House Museum

More than 1,200 paintings and drawings are on display in the artist’s home and studio

Don’t miss the museum’s garden courtyard. This exquisite outdoor space, shaded by trees, is decorated with a gurgling fountain and decorative Andalusian tiles.

National Archaeological Museum

The museum was founded by Queen Isabella II back in 1867. It has a rich collection of artefacts from prehistoric times up to the 19th century.

The exhibition includes archaeological finds, ancient arts and crafts, and ancient coins. The main exhibits of the collection include Egyptian mummies, Spanish-Roman and Islamic archaeological finds, Visigothic crowns and Mudejar pottery. One of the most valuable pieces in the collection is a bust of the Mother of God of Elche.

Lazaro Galdiano Museum

The museum displays the private collection of financier Lazaro Galdiano. The museum’s collection contains about 9,000 pieces on display in 30 rooms.

Lazaro Galdiano Museum

The collection is incredibly diverse. From knights’ armor, ancient coins, and ancient medals to jewelry, baroque crystal, and magnificent tapestries. There are also paintings by Spanish masters of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Alcala Arch (Puerta de Alcala)

This imposing triumphal arch was built by order of King Carlos III.

Puerta de Alcala (Alcala Arch)

It was designed by Francisco Sabatini. The arch was also built between 1769 and 1778.

Elegant granite gate with a height of 30 meters makes a grandiose impression. The façade is decorated with sculptures, capitals and decorative reliefs.

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Madrid

Madrid (Spain) – the most detailed information about the city with photos. The main sights of Madrid with descriptions, travel guides and maps.

Madrid city, Spain

Madrid is the capital of Spain and the largest city of the country. It is a modern and bustling metropolis, located almost in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. Madrid is the third largest city of the European Union. It’s constantly buzzing like a beehive, full of bustling activity and life, even at night. The capital of Spain may lack the recklessness of Barcelona and the charm of Andalusia, but the energy and atmosphere of the city, its cultural and artistic heritage is definitely a reason to visit it.

Madrid’s architecture is a bit like Paris: wide avenues and beautiful monumental buildings, squares, parks and museums. But despite the rich history, there are few symbolic landmarks, like in Paris, Rome or Barcelona. Madrid can rightly be considered one of the cultural capitals of Europe. For centuries, the Spanish crown has been accumulating masterpieces of art, which are now on display in numerous museums. Also the capital of Spain is famous for its cuisine and nightlife. Concentration of nightlife (clubs and bars) is off the charts.

Madrid Panorama

Panorama of Madrid

Things to do (Madrid):

Prado Masterpiece Mysteries

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Geography and climate

Madrid is located just northeast of the geographical center of the Iberian Peninsula at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama, on the banks of the Manzanares River. The altitude is 667 meters above sea level.

The climate is continental with hot, dry summers and fairly cool winters. Madrid is much colder than the Mediterranean coast. Winters are sometimes quite cold and snowy. But, for the most part, the temperatures even during the cold season are positive.

The Streets of Madrid

Streets of Madrid

Tourist information

  1. Population – 3.1 million people.
  2. Area – 604.3 square kilometers.
  3. Language: Spanish.
  4. Currency – Euro.
  5. Visa – Schengen.
  6. Time – Central European UTC +1, in summer +2.
  7. Stores are open from 8-9 am to 8-10 pm. Some stores may not be open from 14.00 to 17.00 (siesta) and on Sunday.
  8. In Madrid you can drink tap water.

Addresses of tourist information centers:

  • Plaza Mayor, 27 (Casa de la Panadería)
  • Plaza de Neptuno
  • Ronda de Atocha, s/n (junto al Museo Reina Sofía)
  • Plaza de Callao
  • Paseo de la Castellana, 138 – Junto al Santiago Bernabéu
  • Plaza de Cibeles, 1 (Palacio de Cibeles)
  • Avenida Hispanidad
  • Calle Leganitos, 19

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Madrid is in the spring and fall (off-season). It can be very hot in summer and quite cool in winter.

History

The first mention of the city dates back to the 10th century, when the emir of Toledo Mohammed I founded the fortress of Majirit. Around the fortress grew a small town, which in the 11th century was conquered by Alfonso VI. From the name of the old Arab fortress most likely originates the modern name of the city.

Until the 16th century Madrid was a provincial Spanish city, whose development depended to a large extent on the state of relations between the Arabs and the Spaniards. Everything changed in 1561, when King Philip II relocated the capital of Spain here.

Madrid avenues

Madrid’s avenues

Madrid’s golden age came under King Charles III of the Bourbon dynasty. At that time, famous architects were invited, who greatly transformed the look of the city. Madrid received many buildings in the neoclassical style and was greatly improved. In 1808 Madrid was captured by armies of Bonaparte. A few years later the war of liberation began, which led to a revolution. Subsequently, Ferdinand VII became king of Spain. Under his daughter Isabella II, almost all of the city’s fortifications and gates were torn down to allow for the rapid growth of the city.

A further major redevelopment of Madrid took place at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. The capital of Spain gained wide avenues and spacious squares, and the Art Nouveau style of architecture soloed. In the 40s of the 20th century many historic buildings and monuments were damaged during the civil war. After the death of Franco and the end of his dictatorship Spain became a constitutional monarchy.

How to get there

Getting to Madrid is not difficult. It is one of the largest transportation centers in Europe. The airport is located 13 km from the center and has as many as four terminals. The most convenient way to get to the historic center are round the clock express buses that will take you to the main railway station (Atocha). The fare is 5 euros. Payment in cash to the driver. The cost of a cab is about 30 euros. There is a metro stop (line 5 – green line) 10 minutes walk from the terminal 1, which can take you directly to the center. Alternatively, take line 8 (pink line) to Nuevos Ministerios station and transfer to the center.

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The Streets of Madrid

Streets of Madrid

The capital of Spain is connected by rail with almost all major cities in Spain and Europe: Barcelona, Paris, Milan, Valencia, Lisbon, etc. There are also excellent bus services.

Public transport in Madrid is considered one of the best in Europe. The length of subway lines is second only to the London Underground. Metro and buses have a single ticket. Ticket for five stations costs 1.5 euros, ten – 2 euros. You can buy a ticket for 1,2,3 . 7 days. A few words about Madrid traffic – very not recommended to move around the city by car, as in the city center often have problems with parking and traffic jams.

Shopping

Shopping areas and markets:

  • Sol-Salamanca (Gran Vía) is the most popular shopping area. On Calle Ortega you can find a lot of brand and designer stores. El Corte Inglés, one of the largest shopping centers in Spain, is also located here.
  • Chueca (Fuencarral Street) is the most avant-garde and modern part of Madrid. Here you can find many stores and restaurants.
  • Calle Toledo – Shops with traditional Spanish goods.
  • El Rastro – Largest flea market, open on Sundays.
  • El Mercado de San Miguel – Traditional market.

In the suburbs of Madrid at Calle Juan Ramón Jimenez 3, Las Rozas there is a large outlet.

Madrid is famous for its food and typical Spanish cuisine. Traditional dishes worth sampling are:

  • Gallinejas – roast lamb
  • Callos a la Madrileña – beef with spices in a pot
  • Cocido Madrileño – stew with chickpeas and vegetables
  • Oreja de Cerdo – pork ears in garlic
  • Sopa de Ajo – garlic soup

From traditional products you should try meat products (for example, Jamon), Spanish wine.

Do not buy the famous paella in the street restaurants.

Attractions

Madrid’s main attractions and most interesting places.

Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol (“Gate of the Sun”) is one of the most famous squares in Madrid and one of the busiest spots in the Spanish capital. This is the central point of the city and the radial center of all Spanish roads (kilometer zero). In the Middle Ages here was one of the city’s gates, which were oriented to the east. The Puerta del Sol received its modern form during the reign of Isabella II.

One of the symbols of Madrid is the sculpture “The Bear and the Fruit Tree”.

  • Large equestrian statue of Charles III.
  • The 20-ton statue “The Bear and the Strawberry Tree” is one of the symbols of the capital of Spain.
  • An 18th century post office building with a clock.

Preciados, one of Madrid’s main shopping streets, begins on the Puerta del Sol.

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor (Main Square) is a grand square with arcades, one of the most popular places in Madrid. It was founded in the 17th century during the reign of Philip III. The square has a rectangular shape of 129 by 94 meters and is executed in the same Spanish Baroque style. There are 9 streets, more than 100 buildings and 400 balconies on Plaza Mayor. In the past various ceremonies and bullfights were held here. Nowadays, there are traditional stores and cafes and a Christmas market in Plaza Mayor.

  • The bronze statue of Philip III, installed in the first half of the 20th century.
  • Casa de la Panadería, a building on the north side of the square with corner towers. It was built during the reign of Charles II.

Cibeles is one of the most symbolic places of the Spanish capital. The square is located at the intersection of Alcalá, Paseo de Recoletos and Paseo del Prado streets. In the center of the square is the famous fountain dedicated to the Roman goddess of nature. This marble sculpture is one of the important symbols of Madrid. At this fountain fans of Real Madrid celebrate their victories. Each of the four corners of the square is dominated by historic buildings from the late 18th and early 20th centuries.

Palace of Communications

The Palace of Communications

  • An 18th century marble fountain with a sculpture of the goddess Cybele
  • The Palace of Communication is one of the most beautiful buildings of the Cibeles Square, which now houses the City Hall.
  • Paseo del Prado Boulevard
  • Palacio Linares is a 19th century baroque palace.

The Royal Palace is one of the main attractions of Madrid. This monumental building was built in the 18th century on the model of Versailles. Interestingly, the palace is not the official residence of the King of Spain, and is used mainly for receptions and ceremonies. The palace is often mistakenly called Palacio de Oriente because of its close proximity to the Eastern Plaza.

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In the 9th century there was an Arab fortress of the Muslim state of Toledo on the site of the modern building. In the 16th century, the kings of Spain built the Alcázar Castle, which was destroyed by a fire on Christmas Eve in 1734. Construction of the new building began under Felipe V. The famous Versailles served as a model. The palace became the official residence in 1764. For the interior decoration used Spanish marble and mahogany. The interior is decorated with frescoes and paintings by leading artists of the time – Guaquino, Tiepolo, etc. Inside the palace there is an armory and a royal apothecary.

Plaza de Oriente

Plaza de Oriente

The Plaza de Oriente (East Square) is the square on the east side of the Royal Palace. It was formed in the first half of the 19th century. In the center there is a monument to Philip IV. Also on the square are sculptures that are widely known as Gothic kings. The collection of sculptures has twenty pieces, corresponding to the five kings of the Visigoths and fifteen kings of Spain during the Middle Ages. There is an opera house on the square.

Cathedral

Cathedral

The Cathedral (Almudena Cathedral) is the main temple of Madrid. The construction of the cathedral was begun in 1884 under Alfonso XII and was finished only in 1993. The religious construction was consecrated by John-Paul II. The interior of the cathedral is in neo-Gothic style. It is interesting that the temple was built on the site of an ancient mosque.

Encarnación Monastery

Encarnación Monastery

Monastery Encarnación is an Augustinian monastery founded in the early 17th century. The building was built in the Madrid Baroque style of brick and stone.

Plaza de España

Spain Square

Plaza de España is close to the Royal Palace and the Plaza de Oriente. The main attraction is the monument to Cervantes.

Gran Via

Gran Vía

The Gran Vía is the most famous and popular tourist street in Spain. Was built in the early 20th century. Famous for its stores, restaurants and clubs. The street ends in the Plaza de España.

Alcalá Gate

Alcalá Gate

The Alcalá Gate is a neoclassical granite gate on the Plaza de la Independencia, one of Madrid’s iconic landmarks. The gate was built by Francesco Sabatini in the 18th century. It has three large arches and two rectangular passages. The facade is decorated with a number of decorative elements with groups of sculptures, capitals, and reliefs.

Las Ventas

Las Ventas

Las Ventas is a bullring. It is located in the eastern part of Madrid in the Salamanca district. The red-brick structure was built in the 1940s of the 20th century and has a capacity of about 24,000 people.

Retiro Park

Retiro Park

Retiro Park is the largest and most famous park in Madrid. Its area is approximately 1.5 square kilometers. The park is located on the outskirts of the historic center. It is a great place for walks.

Temple of Debod

Temple of Debod

The temple of Debod is an unusual monument near the Plaza de España. This ancient Egyptian temple dates back to the second century BC and was given to Spain in gratitude for helping to build the Aswan Dam.

Hermitage de San Antonio de la Florida

Hermit de San Antonio

The Hermita de San Antonio is a small chapel with fantastic frescoes by Goya near the Royal Palace.

San Francisco Basilica El Grande

Basilica of San Francisco El Grande

The Basilica of San Francisco El Grande is an 18th-century Franciscan church. It has a neoclassical facade and dome.

Santiago Bernabeu

Santiago Bernabeu

Santiago Bernabeu is one of the most famous soccer stadiums in the world. Home arena of Real Madrid.

Major museums:

  • Museo del Prado is the largest and most famous museum in Madrid. There are more than 5,000 paintings that rival the collection of the Louvre in Paris. Most of the collection is Spanish paintings from the 12th to early 19th centuries, many of which are famous masterpieces. The museum’s exhibitions also cover Italian, Flemish, French, British and German paintings, as well as neoclassical Italian sculptures.
  • The Centro de Arte de Reina Sofía is a contemporary art museum. The sleek, modern building is reminiscent of the Pompidou Center in Paris. The art collections include remarkable masterpieces by Juan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
  • The Thyssen-Bornemisza is a fine arts museum. There are about 1,000 works of art in the collection. The collection covers the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism, Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Modern Art and Pop Art.
  • National Archaeological Museum – has a rich collection of artifacts from prehistoric times to the 19th century.
  • Lazaro Galdiano Museum – The private collection of the financier Galdiano. The museum has an extensive collection of about 9,000 works of art displayed in 30 rooms.

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