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Maquina Vapor Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid

Madrid Railway Museum

The Madrid Railway Museum, occupies the former Delicias Station, very close to Atocha Rail Station.  This Museum is managed by the Spanish Railways Foundation, and it is sponsored by RENFE, ADIF, and the Community (Local Government) of Madrid. This museum, first opened in Fernan Nunez Palace, where currently, we have the the Spanish Railways Foundation […]

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Anuncios antiguos en la estación de Chamberí

Chamberí Metro Station, the Ghost Station.

Also known as “Anden 0”, and ghost station of Madrid Metro, this station was closed down in 1966, since it couldn’t be extended of adapted to the new length of 90 meters, they needed for the 6 wagon trains. Until then, these trains comprised 4 cars, which only needed platforms of 60 meters. Metro Line […]

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Calle Rompelanzas tomada de Preciados a Calle del Carmen.

The Shortest Street in Madrid

Calle Rompelanzas (shaft breaking street), is one of the three streets that cross the well-known, and the busiest shopping street, Preciados. These are pedestrian streets, and in the case of calle Rompelanzas, it is less than 20 meters long, making it, the shortest street of Madrid. In the sixteenth century, when El Carmen Church was […]

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The Viaduct of Segovia, Madrid

The Bailen Street Viaduct, also called Viaduct of Segovia, is only about 100 meters from the Almudena Cathedral, and walking distance from the old part of town, as you can see on the background of the picture above. This structure, has replaced since 1930, the original construction made out of iron and wood, that started […]

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Cuesta de los Ciegos

Legend of The Hill of the Blind

The Hill of the Blind, today is a steep stairway that goes from Calle de Segovia, up to the viewpoint of Las Vistillas. It hides a beautiful legend that goes back to the thirteenth-century, and is characterized by Saint Francis of Assisi. The Legend has it that St. Francis, while heading for the Camino de […]

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Monuments To The Discovery Of America, Plaza Colon

On the photos, we have the monument to Christofer Columbus.  On the East side of Plaza de Colón, on the place called the Gardens of Discovery, we have an enormous monument for the Discovery of America. This sculpture of 1977, the work of Joaquín Vaquero Turcios, consists of four large concrete blocks, with a total […]

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Summer “Fiestas” in Madrid – La Paloma

August is summer vacation time for most Spaniards, and Madrid slows down its pace with less traffic jams and business activity, but greatly increases the action in terms of traditional feasts and festivals. The best known are the Fiestas de La Latina, and La Paloma, held on a public holiday, on August 15. Thousands of […]

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Puerta del Sol - Reloj de Gobernación

History Of The Name of Puerta del Sol in Madrid

The name of Puerta del Sol, came from the time of the “Guerra de las Comunidades de Castilla” (War of the Castile Communities), between years 1520, and 1522. This is the only square in Madrid that does not have the name of “Plaza”. It is said that in June of 1520, the Comunero Movement began […]

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Puerta del Sol, con la Casa de Correos y el Reloj de Gobernación.

Kilometer 0 (Km. 0) In Madrid, Geographical Centre of Spain

This point or mark on the sidewalk in front of the “Casa de Correos”,  (current headquarters of the Community of Madrid), in Puerta del Sol, sets the zero kilometer point, from where the six national roads or motorways A-1 to A-6, start. Also from here  the numbering of the streets of Madrid begin, being the […]

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Madrid Rio con el Puente Arganzuela sobre el Manzanares.

Madrid Río, and Fountains of “Madrid’s Beach”

It is a fact that Madrid has no beach, but it has always been a dream for Madrilians. Back in 1932, an artificial beach on the Manzanares River was opened to the public. A dam was built there for this purpose. This beach, was destroyed in 1939 during the Spanish Civil War. In addition to […]

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Estatua de la Plaza del Cascorro

Statue of Eloy Gonzalo at Cascorro Square, Madrid El Rastro.

Plaza de Cascorro, leads the famous Sunday market of El Rastro. This square has been called Cascorro, on behalf of a small Cuban town where Madrilian soldier Eloy Gonzalo, fought heroically. The statue in the photo, shows how the soldier is armed holding a gasoline can with his left arm, and has a long rope […]

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Las Ventas, Madrid’s Famous Bullring

The “Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas” is the largest bullring in Spain, and the third in the world, with a total capacity of 23,798 persons. Bull rings in Mexico, and Valencia, Venezuela, are the largest ones. It is located in calle Alcalá, 237, on the neighborhood called Salamanca, next to the M30 which is […]

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La Rosaleda

La Rosaleda, Retiro Park Rose Garden

At the southern end of the Retiro Park, there is this superb rose garden, known as the “La Rosaleda.” It is a relatively recent addition to the park, by the gardener Cecilio Rodriguez in 1915. The original rose garden was completely destroyed during the Civil War, and two years later, in 1941, the garden was […]

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Detalle de la obra de Jose Maria Sicilia

Contemporary Art Collection at the Botanical Garden

This exhibition called “Natural Paradises: Artificial Reflections“, is part of the 1500 works of art from outstanding Spanish and Latin American artists, which are distributed on Spanish airports and other facilities managed by AENA (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation Authority). The detail above belong to painting L’horabaixaparavent (1997) by José María Sicilia consisting of 5 […]

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Arbol del Amor, también llamado Ciclamor, Algarrobo Loco o Árbol de Judas.

Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, Tree of Love

Tree of Love Cercis siliquastrum This crooked trunk tree, share family with the legumes, like chickpeas, beans, peas, etc.. Its fruits are a bean sheath, in which the seeds grow, but unlike many other vegetables, they are not edible. Flowering of these trees, begin with the early days of heat. Its flowers, have a butterfly […]

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Vista del Jardín Botánico - Fontín circular.

The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid

Next to the Prado Museum, we have the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, which has been in this location on the Paseo del Prado, since 1781. Previously (inaugurated in 1755), these gardens were at another location near the River Manzanares, in a place which today is called Puerta de Hierro. In the early nineteenth century, […]

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Espectáculo en la Calle - La Noche en Blanco

Madrid’s White Night, a night out with culture.

White Night in Madrid, is a cultural initiative that begun in Berlin in 1997, and then continued in Paris in 2002.  After this, it continued in other European cities. During one night a year, usually in the month of September, many of the attractions of the city remain open to the public, until dawn the […]

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Madrid Walking Tour 1, Starting at Callao Plaza

This Walking Tour is a 3,26 Kms (2 mi 45 yd), that will take you from a starting point, at Callao Plaza.  On this Walking Tour, you will be able to see: (A) Callao Plaza (B) Puerta de Sol (C) Plaza Mayor (D) Calle Cuchilleros y Cava Baja (E) Mercado San Miguel (F) Plaza de la […]

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Locomotora Electrica 6101 - Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid

Railway Museum – 6101 Electric Locomotive

6101 Electric Locomotive (Westinghouse and Baldwin, United States, 1924) In the early days of electric traction at Pajares Ramp in Asturias, Spain, this locomotive (as well as the 6005) made ​​the journey through this difficult mountain pass, on the way  to Busdongo Station in León.  From Busdongo, a change was made to a steam locomotive […]

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Estatua a El Valor en el Palacio Buenavista

Changing of The Guard at the Army Headquarters

On one of the corners of Plaza Cibeles, you have the Palacio de Buenavista, where the Cuartel General del Ejército, (Army Headquarters), is located. This picture was taken from Alcalá Street, and it shows the sculpture “El Valor” (Courage) , the soldiers in the garden overlooking the main (south) facade of the Palacio de Buenavista. […]

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Estación de Metro de Delicias, Madrid

Madrid Metro, Brief History and Photos

The Madrid Metro is the sixth longest underground passenger transport in the world, although the city of Madrid, is just the 60th,  in the ranking of population. The growth of Metro de Madrid in the last 20 years, has been very rapid. The first line of the Madrid Metro started operating on the 17th, October […]

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Salamanca

Las Dueñas Convent in Salamanca

The Convent of Santa Maria de las Dueñas in Salamanca, was founded in 1419 to house the nuns of the Dominican Order. The original building, was donated by Doña Juana Rodriguez Maldonado, with the intention of creating a place of worship for the noble ladies.  This gave the convent, the nickname of Las Dueñas (The […]

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El Prado

El Prado Museum

El Prado Museum has one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the twelfth to the nineteenth century, and undoubtedly the best single collection of Spanish art.

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Fuente de Neptuno

Neptuno Plaza Fountain

Next to the Thyssen Museum, we are crossing the Paseo del Prado, towards the Ritz Hotel, and to the right we can see one of the entrances to the Prado Museum.

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Invernadero y Jardín Botánico de Atocha

Atocha Railway Station

Madrid Atocha Station, also called Madrid Puerta de Atocha, is the largest railway station in Madrid. At this same site, the first railway station in Madrid was opened on February 9, 1851 under the name of Atocha-Mediodía. Este edificio fue reconstruido y reabierto en 1892, después de que fue destruido en gran parte por un […]

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San Miguel Market – Madrid

The San Miguel Market is located in the plaza of the same name, next to the Plaza Mayor of Madrid. It preserves the original interesting iron structure of the early twentieth century. This building has been closed for many years, and currently a group of private individuals came with the idea to open a very […]

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Iglesia y Convento de San Esteban en Salamanca

San Esteban Convent, Salamanca

As you wander the streets of Salamanca, you will stumble across many churches, convents, and university buildings. The Dominican Convent of St. Stephen, is of particular interest, and one of the city’s most impressive historical attraction. The Dominican friars, settled in Salamanca between 1255 and 1256. In this current site occupied by the Iglesia de […]

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Estanque del Parque del Retiro, Madrid

Retiro Park Pond and Monument to Alfonso XII

The monument to King Alfonso XII, is a sculpture located at the east side of the pond, near the center of the Retiro Park. The monument, funded by public subscription, was inaugurated on June 6, 1922. It is composed of a large colonnade with large number of sculptures that surround the equestrian statue of the […]

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Palacio de Cristal – Parque del Retiro

The Crystal Palace, has in front an artificial lake, where you can find bald cypress trees (Taxodium distichum), with their main characteristic, that part of the trunk, and roots are under water. The building is surrounded by Buckeyes or Spanish Chestnut trees. The palace has suffered great damage over time, due to the wars, but […]

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Fuente La Alcachofa en El Retiro

Fountains In Retiro Park

Retiro Park has many beautiful sculptures and fountains, and this one called La Alcachofa (artichoke) was designed by Ventura Rodríguez and decorated with sculptures by Alfonso Giraldo Bergaz,  and Antonio Primo. It was built in 1781 and located close to Puerta de Atocha.  It was transferred in 1880 to its present location in the southwest […]

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Parte Este del Museo del Prado, con la Parroquia de Los Jerónimos, y el Cubo de Moneo.

Moneo’s Cube – El Prado Museum

This is the back (at the east), of the Prado Museum. It is the newly built part (2007), with the back of the original building at your left, and the new Moneo Cube or Los Jerónimos building, to the right of the church with the same name. A better view of the Moneo Cube: The […]

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Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid

Royal Botanical Garden Of Madrid

The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, is a research center of the National Research Council. Founded on October 17, 1755 by King Fernando VI near the River Manzanares. It was Carlos III who ordered to move it to its current location on the Paseo del Prado in 1781. This botanical garden is arranged in three […]

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Fuente de Neptuno

Neptuno Fountain

Brief History:  Neoclassical marble sculpture, from the second half of XVIII, was part of the idea of King Carlos III to modernize the city of Madrid.  This modernization plan included the placement of emblematic monuments. Today: It’s the meeting point of the Atlético de Madrid football team, when they win important games and titles. Location: […]

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Paseo del Prado Cerca de La Cibeles

Paseo del Prado Garden

Paseo del Prado, is the prolongation of La Castellana, which runs North – South, from Plaza de Cibeles to Atocha, and where the Golden Triangle of Art, with its three most important museums are located: El Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía. This densely tree-lined garden in the middle of the boulevard, is an important attraction […]

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Casón del Buen Retiro

Cason del Buen Retiro

Just outside one of the gates of El Retiro Park, we get this building, right in front of us. El Casón del Buen Retiro, is one the two buildings that survived the destruction of the Buen Retiro Palace. Built in 1637 by Alonso Carbonell, it was initially designed as a ballroom space for the Court […]

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Puente Arganzuela sobre el Río Manzanares

Arganzuela Bridge – Manzanares River

The Arganzuela Bridge crosses the Manzanares River, and the Madrid Rio Park, linking two of Madrid´s districts, Carabanchel and Arganzuela. This bridge was designed by French architect Dominique Perrault, and its construction began late on year 2010. It was opened in March 2011. It consists of two tubular sections of 278 meters in length, that […]

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Fuente de las Conchas con el Palacio Real

Campo del Moro

The “Campo del Moro”, is a 49 acres park located in the western part of the Palacio Real.  It is the area that goes from the palace, down the slope towards the Manzanares River, and it is one of three gardens, surrounding the palace. After the first attempts, by King Philip II (1527-1598), the final […]

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Escultura Brushstroke (Pincelada) Museo Reina Sofia

Reina Sofia – Brushstroke Sculpture

The monumental work “Brushstroke” (1996), was installed in the central square of the building designed by Jean Nouvel. This was done to expand the Reina Sofia Museum, and for this occasion, the great exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein’s work, “All About Art”, which took place in 2004. After that, the sculpture Brushstroke, became part of the […]

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Palacio Villahermosa - Thyssen Museum

Thyssen Museum Villahermosa Palace

The photo shows the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in the Villahermosa Palace, at the corner of Paseo del Prado, with Carrera de San Jerónimo. The Thyssen Bornemisza Museum is named after the Thyssen family, who began collecting art since 1920. In the 80s, what was considered the largest private art collection in the world, was donated to […]

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Puesto Mercado Tradicional - Los Mostenses Madrid

Traditional Market

Walking down from Callao, to Plaza España, a few meters to the right of Gran Via, you may find a traditional market called Los Mostenses. In your walking tour, you could give it a quick look, or continue on to Plaza España.

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Frutería en el Mercado Los Mostenses, Madrid

Traditional Market Next To Gran Via

Just a few meters off Gran Via, there is this traditional food market. Visiting these markets, is a good way to see the life style of local people doing a very common everyday activity. It’s interesting to see how the products sold on this market, have changed with time. Ten years ago, there was mostly […]

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Reflejos de los edificios de Plaza España - Templo de Debod

Debod Temple – Reflections

Debod Temple at sunset with Torre de Madrid, and other buildings of Plaza España, in the background, are also reflected on the pond.

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Templo de Debod en Madrid

Debod Temple in Madrid

The Debod Temple is an ancient Egyptian construction that was originally in a small locality next to the Nile River with the name of Debod. Currently was moved, stone by stone, and located in Madrid. Debod Temple was a gift from Egypt to Spain in 1968, in return for Spanish assistance, following the international call […]

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Atardecer de Otoño en Madrid

Madrid Autumn Sunset

Madrid is sunny most of the year, but in autumn the sky gets just the right amount of clouds and tones, that make it very beautiful to watch and photograph. Because of being on a small hill, and overlooking the West from the Debod Temple, is probably one of the best spots to see a […]

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Templo de Debod

Debod Temple Gardens

On our way to Palacio Real and Sabatini Gardens, before leaving the Debod Temple area, we give it the last glimpse with the stunning illumination.

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Plaza España buildings from Sabatini Gardens

Plaza España And Its Buildings

Plaza España is a large square in the historic centre of the city. The sculpture highlighted on this photo, is dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes, and his main work Don Quixote. In Plaza España, is where two main avenues start, The Gran Via and Calle de la Princesa. Shortly before the construction of Gran Vía, […]

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Terraza del Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid

Circle of Fine Arts Terrace

Once we have been observing the magnificent views from the rooftop of the Circulo de Bellas Artes, why not review the program of activities, with a drink in the fabulous terrace at 42 Alcala Street. The Fine Arts Circle, is a private cultural non profit institution, founded in 1880 by a group of artists. The […]

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Neptune and Cánovas del Castillo Plaza

Halfway through the Paseo del Prado, we find the Fountain of Neptune, which is in Canovas del Castillo Plaza. In this square, we have many important landmarks of important touristic value, as two of the most important museums of art, as the Prado and the Thyssen Museums, two luxurious hotels with a long tradition, such […]

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Puerta del Sol, con la Casa de Correos y el Reloj de Gobernación.

Puerta del Sol – Gate of the Sun

From Canalejas Square, a few meters away, we have the Puerta del Sol (Gate of the Sun in English), which is the geographical center, and meeting point for the city of Madrid. In this wide square, which already been closed to everyday traffic, and only maintain limited access to some tourist buses, and taxis, it […]

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