In the City of Madrid you can see beautiful buildings, palaces, monuments and sculptures, and a range of impressive galleries with breathtaking art known all over the world.
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Some of the most famous places you can visit on a trip here are as follows:
The Royal Palace of Madrid
This beautiful Palace was built from the 18th century in Classical and Baroque styles, and with a striking huge facade and sculptures, it’s an impressive sight. The interior features to admire include the stucco ceilings, grand mantelpieces and arches made of marble, and elegant chandeliers. The Palace houses many fine art works such as paintings by artists including Velazquez and Caravaggio and beautiful frescoes, along with the Royal Armoury and collections of porcelain and silver.
Museo del Prado
At this national art Museum visitors can see a wealth of beautiful European art ranging from the 1100’s to the 1800’s, including paintings, sculptures and drawings. Among the artists whose works you can see here are Velazquez, Francisco de Goya, Caravaggio, El Greco, Bernini, Caspar David Friedrich, Rubens, Albrecht Durer, Roger van der Weyden, Titian and Raphael.
The Reina Sofia Museum
You can see collections of art from the 20th century at this national museum, in particular Spanish art. Among the works housed here are those of artists including Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso including Guernica by Picasso. Other artists featured include Julio Gonzalez and Juan Gris, as well as international artists including Max Ernst, Damien Hirst and Francis Bacon.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Along with the Museo del Prado and the Reina Sofia Museum, the Thyssen forms part of the Golden Triangle of Art in Madrid. Visitors can see a wide and varied collection including early European art and includes works by artists including Paolo Uccello, Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden and Lucas Cranach the Elder. Other artists featured here include Titian, Veronese, Canaletto, Watteau, Renoir, van Gogh, Gauguin, Pissarro, Dali and Munch.
The Royal Basilica of San Francisco el Grande
This 18th century church is built in Neo-Classical style and is the former national pantheon where notable Spanish statesmen and artists were buried. The building has an impressive dome and the interior is breathtaking with frescoes by artists including Goya, along with marble and wooden sculptures and fine paintings.
Plaza de Cibeles
A famous place in Madrid is this square where you can see the early 20th century grand Cybele Palace, and the Cybele Fountain. This impressive 18th century Fountain takes its name from the Goddess Cybele, who rides a chariot with lions. The Plaza is a lovely sight and is a prominent landmark in the City.
Puerta del Alcala
This is a beautiful monumental gate built in the 18th century by Fransesco Sabatani, commissioned by Charles III. The monument is built in impressive Neo-Classical style and is located in Independence Square and used to be the City’s main entrance which was attached to the walls of the city, but now stands as a grand monument.
Buen Retiro Park
This historic Park was designated a public park in the late 1800’s and is a beautiful and popular place to come for locals and visitors alike. There are many features you can enjoy in this Park, including galleries, fountains, many sculptures such as the Fountain of the Fallen Angel, and a glass pavilion. You can also relax by the ponds and lake, or take a rowing boat trip, and enjoy the rose gardens, and the Park hosts a number of different events such as concerts in the Bandstand.
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
This is the Stadium of the world famous football team Real Madrid, where you can book a tour around and have great views of the Stadium from the stands. Visitors can look around the players’ dressing rooms and press room, and you can also walk through the tunnel and onto the famous pitch.
The Vicente Calderon Stadium
You can also visit the neighbouring Atletico Madrid Stadium to see their team Museum and the Pablo Ornaque Collection and see the trophies won by the team, along with various interesting displays relating to the team and audiovisual exhibits. You can also book a guided tour of the Stadium and learn about the history of the Club and see the places including the players’ dressing rooms, press room and the bench, as well as the pitch.
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