The Royal Palace was built in the 18th century to accommodate the court of Felipe V. It was designed by Filippo Juvarra and is the largest royal palace in western Europe. Nowadays, it is considered to be one of the most important museums on the continent. It contains furniture, ceramics, tapestries and other important works by artists such as Velazquez, Goya, Mengs, Tiepolo and many more. It is open to the public throughout the whole year except the days of official ceremonies.
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol is the most famous square in Madrid and also the city’s most central location. This is the place, where New Year’s Eve is celebrated every year by thousands of tourists and locals. The most recognisable feature of the square has to be the clock tower situated to the south. It is part of the Real Casa de Correos building constructed in the 18th century.
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Gran via is the most famous street in Madrid. Together with Paseo de la Castellano it forms the main commercial district in the city. It begins at Plaza de Alcala square and ends at Plaza de Espana. Along this vibrant street you will find plenty of shops, restaurants, banks, bars, cinemas and hotels.
Plaza de Cibeles
Plaza de Cibeles has become an iconic place in the Spanish capital. It is instantly recognisable by people throughout the world because of its monumental fountain located right in the centre of the square. It shows the Greek goddess of fertility and nature, Cybele, holding a sceptre and a key, sitting in a chariot being pulled by two lions. It was designed by Ventura Rodriguez in 1782 and was originally placed outside of the Prado Museum. One of Spain’s most successful football clubs, Real Madrid, has adopted the square as a place for celebrations whenever the team wins an important trophy.
The Prado Museum
The Prado Museum is one of the most significant art galleries in the world. It is located in the centre of Madrid, on El Paseo del Prado and has an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures by such artists as Velazquez, Goya, Rubens and Raphael. The 18th century neo-classical building is open to the public throughout the year.
CaixaForum is the latest cultural building to be added to the city’s impressive list. It was designed by famous Swiss architects, Herzog & de Mauron, and is considered to be one of the most iconic contemporary buildings of recent times. It features a vertical garden designed by the French botanist, Patrick Blanc, near the main entrance and a cornet steel perforated façade The exhibitions include permanent collections of art from the 1980′s to present day as well as temporary displays from other museums and foundations.