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Basic information

  • Area: 607 km² (234.4 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +3491
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 3,255,944
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Madrid - Places to Visit

The Prado Museum

Works by Goya, Velázquez, Tician and El Greco exhibited under the same roof. From its privileged residence surrounded by trees and some of Madrid´s greatest monuments, the National Museum of the Prado is one of the most visited attractions in the capital. Comprising several buildings, the collection can be enjoyed in the traditional Villanueva building and the Casón del Buen Retiro. Soon there will be a new structure designed by the architect Rafael Moneo, to better expose the museum’s many facets and the best collection of Spanish painting in the whole world.

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The Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Centre

The Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Centre brings together the new trends in contemporary art and undertakes the task of showing the backbone of Spanish art of our times. The extension of the museum, conducted by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, has increased the facilities and the service provided by the original building and has complemented its activities with two exhibition rooms, a library and an auditorium.

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National Archaeological Museum

The museum opens up a window on prehistory and invites us to look in on our ancestors. Located in the heart of the smart Salamanca district, very close to the Buen Retiro Park, the National Archaeological Museum houses some of the greatest treasures from Spain’s historical heritage. A tour round the exhibits takes under three hours and yet in that time visitors can learn about many of the distinctive customs of the different peoples who have lived on the Peninsula from prehistoric times to the present day.

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Royal Palace

Built in the eighteenth century by order of Philip V, on an ancient fortress site, that had previously been a Muslim castle. The base of the building is square with a large central courtyard. Principe (Prince) Doorway, on the east side of the building leads to the central courtyard. The Sabatini gardens as well as the Campo del Moro (Moor's Field) are two other notable attractions of the palace, along with all of its façades. There are even Velazquez, Goya, Rubens, El Greco and Caravaggio paintings that can be seen.

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San Isidro Chapel in San Andrés Church

Built to house the remains of San Isidro in the 17th century by the architect José de Villarreal, the chapel is the only thing that remains of the church of San Andrés which was destroyed by fire in 1936. Outside there is a cupola, supported on an octagonal tambour, made of brick, decorated with vaulted niches that house the statues of the twelve Apostles and Four Evangelists.Recently restored by the architect Javier Vallés.

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Descalzas Reales Convent

Situated right in the centre of Madrid this is where many noble ladies shut themselves away. It was founded by Juana de Austria, sister of Felipe II. It is a building with a religious, enclosed character. Today the monastery features a great collection of paintings, tapestries and religious images including paintings by famous artists such as Titian, Sánchez Coello, Brueghel or Luini, amongst others.

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