Destination Madrid

Madrid is one of Spain's most popular destinations and is renowned for its large quantity of cultural attractions. Its landmarks include the huge Royal Palace of Madrid; the Teatro Real; the Buen Retiro park; the imposing 19th-century National Library building; an archaeological museum of international reputation; and three superb art museums …

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» Bolsa de Madrid

Bolsa de Madrid, Destination Madrid, Spain

Bolsa de Madrid (Madrid Stock Exchange) is the largest and most international of Spain's four regional stock exchanges (the others are located in Barcelona, Valencia, and Bilbao) that trade shares and convertible bonds and fixed income securities, and both government and private-sector debt. Bolsa de Madrid is owned by Bolsas y Mercados Españoles …

» Buen Retiro Park

Buen Retiro Park, Destination Madrid, Spain

Buen Retiro Park (Parque del Buen Retiro) is a large and popular 350 acres park at the edge of the city center, very close to the Puerta de Alcalá and not far from the Prado Museum. A magnificent park, filled with beautiful sculpture and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake and host to a variety of events, it is one of Madrid's premier attractionsy …

» Gran Via

Gran Via, Destination Madrid, Spain

Gran Vía (literally Great Way) is an ornate and upscale shopping street located in central Madrid. It leads from Calle de Alcalá, close to Plaza de Cibeles, to Plaza de España. The lively street is one of the city's most important shopping areas, with a large number of hotels and theaters; it is also noted for the grand architecture prevalent among many of its buildings …

» Las Ventas

Las Ventas, Destination Madrid, Spain

The Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas is a famous bullring in Madrid. Situated in the barrio of Guindalera in the district of Salamanca, it was inaugurated in 1931. It has a seating capacity of 25,000 and is regarded as the home of bullfighting in Spain. This bullring was designed by an architect called Espeliú. Its style is Neo-Mudéjar (Moorish) with pottery incrustations …

» Metropolis Building

Metropolis Building, Destination Madrid, Spain

The Metropolis Building is an office building in Madrid, Spain, at the corner of the Calle de Alcalá and Gran Vía. Inaugurated in 1911, it was designed by Jules and Raymond Février for the insurance company La Unión y el Fénix. It is currently owned by Metrópolis Seguros. After La Unión y el Fénix acquired the ground in 1905, they launched an international competition …

» Museo del Prado

Museo del Prado, Attractions of Madrid, Spain

The Museo del Prado is a famous museum and art gallery located in Madrid, Spain. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 14th century through the early 19th century. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture, the Museum also has important collections of more than 5,000 drawings, 2,000 prints, 1,000 coins and medals …

» National Archeological Museum

National Archeological Museum, Attractions of Madrid, Spain

The National Museum of Archaeology of Spain is in Madrid, beside the Plaza de Colón, sharing its building with the National Library. The museum was founded in 1867 by a Royal Decree of Isabella II, and its purpose was to be a depository for numismatic, archaeological, ethnographical and decorative art collections compiled by the Spanish monarchs …

» Plaza de Espana

Plaza de Espana, Attractions of Madrid, Spain

Plaza de España (or Spain Square in English) is a large square, and popular tourist destination, located in central Madrid, Spain, at the western end of the Gran Vía. It features a monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, and is bordered by two of Madrid's most prominent skyscrapers. Also, the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is a short walk south from the plaza …

» Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor, Attractions of Madrid, Spain

The Plaza Mayor was built during the Habsburg period and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid, Spain. It is located only a few blocks away from another famous plaza, the Puerta del Sol. The Plaza Mayor is rectangular in shape, measuring 129 by 94 meters, and is surrounded by three-story residential buildings having 237 balconies facing the Plaza …

» Puerta de Alcala

Puerta de Alcala, Attractions of Madrid, Spain

The Puerta de Alcalá is a Neo-classical monument in the Plaza de la Independencia. It stands near the city center and several meters away from the main entrance to the Parque del Buen Retiro. The square is bisected by Alcalá street, although the street itself doesn't cross through the monument, and it is the origin of the Alfonso XII, Serrano and Olózaga streets …

» Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol, Attractions of Madrid, Spain

The Puerta del Sol (Spanish for Gate of the Sun) is one of the most well known and busiest places in Madrid. This is the centre of the radial network of Spanish roads. The square also contains the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a new year. The New Year's celebration has been broadcast live since 1962 …

» Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid, Attractions of Madrid, Spain

The vast Royal Palace of Madrid is richly decorated by artists such as Velázquez, Tiepolo, Mengs, Gasparini, Juan de Flandes, Caravaggio, and Goya. Several royal collections of great historical importance are kept at the palace, including the Royal Armoury and weapons dating back to the 13th century, and the world's only complete Stradivarius string quintet …

» Santiago Bernabeu

Santiago Bernabeu, Attractions of Madrid, Spain

The Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is an all-seater football stadium in Madrid, Spain. It was inaugurated on 14 December 1947 and is owned by Real Madrid C.F. It has a current capacity of 80,354 spectators. El Bernabéu, re-named in honour of their former chairman Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, is one of the world's most famous and prestigious football venues …

» Teatro Real

Teatro Real, Attractions of Madrid, Spain

The Teatro Real (literally Royal Palace) or simply The Real (as it is known colloquialy), is an opera house in Madrid. It was inaugurated on 10 October 1850, with Donizetti's La Favorite and is one of the world's finest stage and acoustic settings for opera ..

» Temple of Debod

Temple of Debod, Attractions of Madrid, Spain

The Temple of Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple which was rebuilt in Madrid, Spain. The temple was built originally 15 km south of Aswan in southern Egypt very close to the first cataract of the Nile and to the great religious center dedicated to the goddess Isis, in Philae. In the early 2nd century BC, Adikhalamani, the Kushite king of Meroë …

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Discover Madrid as the multi-faceted city it is, from its Arab-fortress origins to the court days during the reign of Phillip II and that of Charles III and finally to present day Madrid. It was during the reign of Charles III in the 18th Century when most artistic and cultural ideas were introduced and Madrid became an important cultural and scientific center …

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Madrid is the capital city of Spain, and is located directly in the middle of the Iberian Peninsula. The culture of Madrid is steeped in religion and royal history. Cathedrals and churches are plentiful, and medieval architecture as well. Important tourist spots include the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado …

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