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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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Puerta Románica Iglesia San Isidoro

Ruins of the Retiro Park, Medieval Church.

The ruins of the Retiro, also called Ruins of San Isidoro and San Pelayo, are the remains of a Romanesque church, which can be seen at the Retiro Park. This church of the eleventh century, was originally located in the outskirts of the city of Ávila. It consisted of a single nave with wooden frame, […]

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Estatua de Felipe III en la Plaza Mayor

Sparrows Cemetery In The Plaza Mayor

This magnificent statue of King Philip III, located in Plaza Mayor of Madrid, was completed in Florence in 1616 by Giambologna and Pietro Taca. It had been placed at several sites, the first in the Palace of Vargas in Casa de Campo (the large park on the West side of the city), where it remained […]

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La Casa de la Panadería, Plaza Mayor de Madrid

Mutiny of the Cats (Motín de los Gatos)

On April 28th, 1699 , at seven o’clock , Madrid exploded with a great popular protest due to food shortages, specially the lack of bread . While the authorities were distributing bread, the legend reveals that a woman that was indignantly protesting to one of the inspectors, asking “How can she feed her six children […]

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Plaza Mayor al atardecer.

Legends of Madrid’s Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor, has a history dating back from 1494, and has been the centre of many anecdotes and legends, since it has been the location for the main market of town, as well as the place for public executions up to 1815. You can still see the “Casa de la Panadería” (Bakery House) , on […]

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Monumento a Concepción Arenal, Parque del Oeste

Parque del Oeste (West Side Park) in Madrid

Parque del Oeste (West Side Park), is located close to the Moncloa area, and to the southwest, almost reaching Plaza España, along the Paseo del Pintor Rosales, street. Before 1893 , part of the area where this park is today, was the main landfill of Madrid. Early last century, around 1906, the Mayor Alberto Aguilera, […]

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Plaza Puerta Cerrada, toma hacia el Oeste

Plaza Puerta Cerrada (Closed Door Square).

In the heart of the historic center of Madrid, we have Plaza Puerta Cerrada (Closed Door Square), which takes its name from one of the gates of the former Christian wall, located here during the Middle Ages. The entrance to Madrid through this gate, taking the traveler to the Plaza de Arrabal (now the well-known […]

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Cruz de Puerta Cerrada Madrid

Cross at the Plaza de Puerta Cerrada, Madrid Historical Center

During the Middle Ages, Madrid had crosses on many of its streets, especially in Calle Calvario, where the Via Crucis passed, starting from San Francisco el Grande church. These crosses were used as milestones that were placed at entrances to cities and towns, as well as ancient road intersections. Between 1805 and 1808, the Mayor […]

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St. Andrew, Churches of Madrid (Iglesia de San Andrés)

The Church of St. Andrew (Iglesia de San Andrés), is one of the most primitive of Madrid parishes. It exists since the twelfth century, and seems to have been built on the site where once there was another church on times of the Islamic Madrid. This area was known as the neighborhood of The Moorish […]

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Parroquia San Jerónimo el Real y el Cubo de Moneo ampliación del Museo del Prado

San Jerónimo el Real (St. Jerome Royal Church) , Madrid

The Parish of San Jerónimo el Real, part of the old monastery of the same name, was one of the most important in Madrid, very closely linked to life on the Court and to the Spanish monarchy. It was built during the years 1503 to 1505 in late Gothic style with Renaissance influences. The cloister, […]

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Río Manzanares desde el Puente de Segovia

Before and After of the M-30 ring road works on the Manzanares River

The photo above shows the Manzanares River taken from the Segovia Bridge in January 2011, after finishing the works of the M-30 underground ring road, which passes just below this river. This is part of the western sector of the M-30, which follows the course of the Manzanares River from the South Node of Madrid, […]

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Teleferico de Madrid desde la terraza en Casa de Campo.

Madrid Views From The Cable Car In Casa de Campo

A nice walk to from the city center to the northwest, a few steps from the Plaza España, we have the Temple of Debod, Parque del Oeste (West Park), and a little further away, comes the cable car, where on their way to Casa de Campo, you can see great views of the city that […]

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Plaza de La Cibeles, vista hacia el Oeste, hacia calle Alcalá y Gran Vía.

La Cibeles Fountain – Cybele Fountain

The Cibeles fountain is a monument worked in marble of Toledo, of the goddess Cybele, on a chariot drawn by lions. It is located in the plaza of the same name where Alcala Street, Paseo del Prado, and Recoletos meet. In this square, there are four important buildings, which are landmarks of Madrid; the Palacio […]

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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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The Crypt of the Almudena Cathedral

In the photo below these lines, it’s a view from South to North, where we have the Almudena Cathedral, and the Crypt.   Below this, is what remains of the old Muslim Wall. Just below the Almudena Cathedral, with the three neo protogothic semicircular doors on the picture, is the crypt.  Its construction begun on April 4, […]

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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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La Diosa Cibeles también llamada Metragirta.

The Legend of Prince Bianor, And The Name of Madrid

It seems that in the Spanish Golden Age, many writers and scholars worked on a legend to explain the origin of the name of Madrid. This legend begins with the survivors of the Battle of Troy, and being Prince Bianor one of them, who tried to return to Greece, without success. Eventually he settled and […]

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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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Las dos puertas de la Casa de la Villa

Two doors of the Casa de la Villa, in Madrid

This building of the old town hall in Madrid, in the Plaza de la Villa has two doors, as seen in the photo above. The reason was that the Casa de la Villa, was built to serve two functions. As the seat of the municipal offices, door at the left, and prison of the Madrid […]

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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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Estatua de Felipe IV en la Plaza de Oriente

Equestrian Statue of Philip IV of Spain

In the Plaza de Oriente in Madrid, there is this masterpiece, not only for its artistic value, but also for its technical characteristics. This is the first equestrian sculpture where the horse is rearing, so it is supported on the hind legs. This equestrian statue of Philip IV, was made by Pietro Tacca in 1640, […]

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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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Foto Antigua de La Gran Via 1976

Before and After Photo Of La Gran Via of Madrid

  The picture above, was taken in June of 1976, where you can see the Metropolis building, with Alcala street to the left, just behind the bus.  To the right is “Edificio Grassy”, on La Gran Via, 1. In the background, is the Telefónica building. To the right of the new photos taken in July […]

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Foto de la calle y la Puerta de Alcalá tomada en el 1976.

Before and After Pictures Taken Of The Alcala Gate (Puerta de Alcalá) in 1976 and 2013.

In these two pictures you can see the changes in the surroundings, and the unchanged architecture and monument of the Puerta de Alcalá.

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Invernadero de la Estación de Atocha

Atocha Station Geenhouse

The Atocha Station Greenhouse, is a botanical garden of tropical and subtropical plants located in Atocha Station in Madrid. With an area of 4,000 square meters it houses over 7,200 plants of 260 species, where you can find different trees, like mahogany, rubber, coconut, palm trees, and other smaller plants, such as heliconias, coffee and […]

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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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Crystal Palace – Retiro Park

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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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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Casa de la Villa, Sede del Pleno Municipal

Madrid’s Old Town Hall, Plaza de la Villa

Next to Plaza Mayor, in the heart of the Old Madrid, lies this beautiful square named Plaza de la Villa. In its center there is a statue tribute to Alvaro de Bazan (nineteenth century), and around it, is a group of three buildings: the Casa de la Villa, designed by Juan Gómez de Mora in […]

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Casas Colgadas de Cuenca

Old Town of Cuenca, Natural Beauty, On The Rocks

Cuenca is a municipality belonging to the Castilla la Mancha autonomous community. It is located on a rocky promontory, that descend almost vertically into the Júcar and Huécar rivers. As seen in the picture above, the “hanging houses”, were built  in the fifteenth century, on the rock which rise to form the Huécar river canyon. […]

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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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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 1615 Diesel - Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid

Railway Museum of Madrid – 1615 Diesel Locomotive

1615 Diesel Locomotive (American Locomotive Company, USA, 1955) This train engine, deserves special attention for several reasons. First, it was the first diesel locomotive that circulated in Spain, because until then, the diesel locomotives that existed, were intended for shunting rail operations. Second, because it was a prototype acquired to the U.S. company ALCO, to […]

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Locomotora a Vapor El Cinca

Steam locomotive 040-2091. “El Cinca” (Le Creusot, France, 1864)

This locomotive was one of the first with four axles in Spain, which gave it more power.  It was also the first to use steam brakes. As for its appearance, it is characterized by the short height of the steam boiler, which is due to the fact that all its mechanisms are external, and also, […]

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Locomotora vapor Mikado 141-F-2416

Railway Museum – Steam Locomotive 141-F-2416, and Mikado Typology

Locomotora de vapor 141-F-2416. Rodaje tipo Mikado (Talleres Euskalduna, España, 1960) These train engines correspond to a batch of 217 produced entirely in Spain. They are of the type called Mikado, because of the construction and disposition of the axes, in a 1-4-1 way, a guidance front axle, 4 motor and traction, and a final […]

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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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Locomotora Diesel 4020 Krauss Maffei Babcock-Wilcox Museo del Ferrocarril

Railway Museum – 4020 Diesel Locomotive

4020 Diesel Locomotive Krauss Maffei and Babcock & Wilcox, Germany – Spain, 1966 The 4020 is a Diesel locomotive of great power, that derives from the V-200 series of the German railways. These locomotives were the only diesel with hydromechanical transmission Mekydro that circulated in Spain. When RENFE incorporated them into their engine park, these […]

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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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Europa Tower in AZCA, Madrid

Europa Tower, measures 121 meters in height, and ranks seventh tallest skyscrapers in Madrid. It has 30 floors, and it is located on one of the corners of the rectangle formed by the AZCA business complex, on Paseo de la Castellana, 95. The building houses offices of various companies. This building is just across the […]

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Edificio de Mahou en AZCA

Mahou Building in AZCA Madrid

The Mahou Tower, with its 85 meters and 29 floors, it is the seventeenth tallest building in Madrid. It is located in the AZCA complex, near the new Windsor building, and El Corte Inglés in La Castellana Avenue. The Torre Alfredo Mahou, as it is also called in Spanish, was built from 1987 to 1990. […]

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Intercambiador de Moncloa, autobuses interurbanos

Madrid Intercity Bus Network

The intercity bus network of Madrid, called “Autobuses Interurbanos, is composed of a set of lines connecting the municipalities of this region each operated by public or private companies under a government concession from Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid (Regional Transport Consortium of Madrid.) This network was integrated on December 31, 2007, by 459 […]

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Tren de cercanías RENFE Madrid

Commuter Trains in Madrid

The commuter rail service for Madrid, the capital and its metropolitan area is called “Cercanías Madrid“. This network now extends across most of the Community of Madrid, reaching  localities bordering the provinces of Guadalajara, Segovia, and in the future, also Toledo. This service is operated Cercanías Renfe, the commuter rail division of RENFE. This rail system, […]

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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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Avila And The Medieval Walls

The Walls of Avila are a Romanesque military fence surrounding old city of Avila, which is 115 Kms. (72 Miles) from Madrid.  Avila is the capital municipality and  province of Castile and Leon, Spain. The importance of this walls, is derived from the fact that they are the best preserved medieval wall in Spain, and […]

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Royal Guard On the 2nd May Madrid, and the 12th October, National Day.

On May 2nd it’s an important holiday in Madrid. It is the commemoration, of the day the people rebelled against the occupation by the French Napoleonic troops. These events led to the Spanish Independence War, which lasted until April 17, 1814. Since 1983, May 2nd, is celebrated as the Day of the Autonomous Community of […]

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