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Culture of Madrid. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Sunset over Madrid The capital of Spain has prepared a lot of pleasant surprises for fans of fascinating excursions. In the city you will find widest selection of historical and architectural sites. Don’t forget to pay attention to the beautiful Royal Palace (Palacio Real), the construction of which was completed in 1734. Until 1931 the palace was the main royal residence. Even nowadays the halls of the palace hold important events and political meetings. A large part of the premises is open to visitors, so tourists can stroll through beautiful rooms and look at this amazing example of luxury.
Madrid is a paradise for lovers of nightlife and recreation. Here you will find attractive nightclubs, many bars, various shops and sports centers, and, of course, amusement parks for family … Open
Art lovers should not forget to visit Museo Lazaro Galdiano, in 37 rooms of which are exhibited collections of priceless sculptures, paintings, folk costumes and weapons. The museum is located in a beautiful mansion of the 19th century, which itself is an object of a great value. Among the famous architectural buildings of Madrid we should definitely distinguish Goya Pantheon (Panteon de Goya). The great artist directly participated in the decoration of the dome of the chapel. There are also frescoes in the church. The frescoes depict the scenes from Goya's stories about St. Anthony. The chapel is the tomb of the world famous painter.
Parque del Retiro is simply the best place for hiking and outdoor recreation. The park is located in the heart of the city and covers an area of 140 hectares. Several centuries ago Philip IV liked having rest in this beautiful garden. It is also worth making a walk in the picturesque quarter named La Morera. This is the place where first settlers of the city built their homes. Until the 11th century a large Arab fortress was located on the site of the quarter. Even nowadays tourists will see numerous historical monuments and buildings there. The most striking sights of this part of the city are Chapel of Obispo and the beautiful San Andreas Church. During a walk through Puerta del Sol Square, you can see numerous interesting monuments and sculptures. "The Bear and the Strawberry Tree" is by far one of the most unusual monuments. This is a statue made of stone with splashes of turquoise, and it looks very impressive. Of course, numerous interesting legends are connected with the statue. According to one version, many years ago a large strawberry grove was located on the site of modern Madrid, and bears were the main inhabitants of it. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid

» Palacio de Cibeles was originally designed as the central office of the telephone service, post and telegraph of Spain.
» The post office was built in 1918 and was called the Palace of Communication.
» Palace of Communication now houses the City Hall.
» This monumental building, decorating the area, represents one of the four pillars of modern civilization, power.
» Palacio de Cibeles consists of two buildings integrated with each other.
»  This construction is one of the first examples of modernist architecture.

Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid

» The Royal Palace in Madrid hosts a bulk of the official ceremonies, in which King of Spain takes part. Also, the palace is the official residence of the Spanish monarchs.
» The Royal Palace in Madrid is decorated with frescoes by Caravaggio, Velazquez, Goya; inside the building there is the collection of Stradivarius violins. The courtyard is decorated with gilded lanterns.
» Gasparini Hall in the palace is lined with silk and silver lanterns, in the center there is a table of mosaics; chandeliers are made of silver and crystal, the walls are decorated with mirrors.
» The armory of the Royal Palace houses a unique collection of arms and armor of the Austrian monarchs.

Almudena Cathedral, Madrid

» Almudena Cathedral is decorated with the statue of the Holy Virgin of Almudena, which is also called the statue of the Blessed Virgin, who is the patron saint of Spanish capital.
» According to the legend, the figure of the Virgin Mary was found here in the wall of an ancient Arab fortress, and the Cathedral was built at that site. Almudena is translated from Arab as ‘the fortress’.
» The main altar of the Cathedral of Granada is made of green marble.
» According to the legend, the statue of the Blessed Virgin Almudena was brought to Spain by the apostle James, who preached the Christian faith in the Pyrenees in the 1st century.
» The casket containing the remains of St. Isidro is kept in a duct under the altar.

Museo del Prado, Madrid

» The Prado Museum in Madrid is one of the most visited museums in the world.
» Prado features a unique collection of Spanish, Flemish and Italian art masters such as Velazquez, Goya, Bosch, and Rubens.
» Queen Isabel de Braganza was actively involved in development of the Prado Museum.
» The museum's collection began to be formed by the Spanish kings since the reign of Charles V and his son Philip II.
» At the time of the opening the museum's collection has consisted of 311 paintings.

Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid

» Museum of Natural Science features an important and unique collection of scientific specimens of nature. The venue actively develops the program of exhibitions and educational activities to all visitors.
» The museum is considered one of the largest centers in the whole Mediterranean region and has a collection of 6 million exhibits.
» In 1815 the museum was renamed and became known as the Royal Museum of Natural Sciences.
» Royal Cabinet of Natural Sciences was established during the reign of Carlos III, when the Spanish merchant Pedro Franco Dávila agreed to sell his collection of antiquities to the Spanish king.
» During the Spanish Civil War, the museum was badly damaged in Madrid bombings and was closed for restoration.

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid

» Santiago Barnabeu is the home stadium of Real Madrid.
» Santiago Bernabeu Stadium can accommodate more than 80 million viewers.
» The Stadium is named in honor of the President of the Royal football club Real Madrid and one of its founders, Don Santiago Bernabéu Yeste.
» The stadium was built in 1947 on the site of the former home arena of FC Real Madrid, the Stadium Chamartin.
»  Santiago Bernabeu is the third largest stadium in Europe.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Madrid

The Three Big Art Galleries
Where: Paseo del Prado s/n, Madrid;
The Thyssen-bornemisza Museum
Where: Palacio de Villahermosa, Paseo del Prado 8, Madrid;
The Reina Sofia Museum
Where: C/Santa Isabel 52, Madrid;
Palacio Real
Where: Plaza de Oriente, Madrid; Telephone: +34 914 548 800; Metro: Ópera;
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Culture guide to Madrid. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Madrid: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Madrid. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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