|Art & Culture
The famous "triangle of art" is comprised
Museo del Prado, (Prado Museum), one of the largest
museums in the world, together with the Louvre in Paris. With works
from artists such as Bosch, Goya, Dürer, Tiziano, Tintoretto,
El Greco, Velázquez, Rubens and many more.
A short subway ride away is the Museo de
Arte Reina Sofía, which houses contemporary works
from artists including Dalí, Miró and Picasso. The
museum is home to Picasso's masterpeice, "Guernica", and
other examples of contemporary national and international works.
Very close to the Reina Sofía is the Museo
Thyssen-Bornemisza, the largest collection of private art
in the world with works from the 17th to the 20th centuries from
such greats as Caravaggio, Renio, Van Gogh, Cèzanne, Degas,
Monet, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Arte Pop and more…
In addition to these three grand museums, Madrid
is a city with many smaller museums housing treasures from all over
Spain. We recommend you visit the Museo Sorolla, the Arqueológico,
the Lázaro Galdeano, the Romántico, the Municipal,
the Artes Decorativas, and the América museum.
Some other places not be missed in Madrid:
The Palacio Real, the historical residence of the King of Spain,
with sumptuous decorations, tapestries and paintings.
The Plaza Mayor, built in the 17th Century. The Plaza
is the historical and social centre of the city and one of the most
beautiful squares in the city. Colourful and lively with terrace
bars in the summer, a stamp market on Sunday mornings and a Christmas
market in December the Plaza Mayor is not to be missed.
The Convento de las Descalzas Reales (the Royal Descalzas
Convent) founded in the 16th Centry contains a large collection
of pictures, sculptures, tapestries and pieces of furniture. This
is a 'closed' convent that receives visitors two hours a day.
The large skyscrapers at La Castellana street are the largest in
Madrid with buildings designed in many styles.
The new Atocha rail and underground station was designed
by Rafael Moneo and it is from here that one can take the highspeed
AVE train to Sevilla and arrive in just a few hours. Inside the
station there is a large greenhouse with tropical plants. The station
is situated close to the Botanical Gardens.
El Parque del Retiro is an oasis of peace in the
middle of the city. In it one can admire the palaces of Velázquez,
in addition to participating in a variety of sports. The park is
an ideal place to pass the time enjoying the street performers improvised
shows and concerts.
The largest park in Madrid is the Casa de Campo,
which is reached by metro or telecabin and provides a great aerial
view of the city.
If your passion is football watching Real Madrid
or Atlético de Madrid, is a must.
The Plaza de Toros de las Ventas is the most important bullfighting
ring in the world.
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