This museum is without a doubt the top cultural site of the city of Madrid and it is also amongst the top most art galleries in the world. It is located on the street named El Paseo del Prado and houses some of the best and most beautiful works by masters like Velazquez, Raphael, Goya, Bosch and Rubens and many more Italian and Flemish artists. Yet the 1300 art pieces on display are only a fraction of the total 7,600 paintings; 1,000 sculptures; 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings stored here. The building of the museum is basically a Neo classical building built in the 18th century and it opened as a museum in the year 1819
Museo Nacional Del Prado
Park, Entertainment, Exhibition
Museo del Ejercito: A small military museum with a nice collection of armor and the cross that Columbus took with him to the New World, Cason del Buen Retiro: A museum of 19th and 20th century paintings, notably of those by Joaquin Sorolla.
Parque Del Retiro
Art Gallery, Museum
Madrid already had the The Prado and the Sofia, and somehow the Thyssen had to make a name for it among these incredibly popular competitor galleries.With an intense focus on impressionistic and post impressionistic work, A clever chronological procession of paintings that let viewers almost literally strolls through history
Thyssen - Bornemisza Museum
The iconic Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid is one of the most famous and well-known sports venue in the world. It is the home ground for one of Europes biggest football team Real Madrid. The stadium was inaugurated in 1947 and currently has the capacity to house an astounding 81,044 spectators. The experience of watching the Galacticos in action, with thousands of fans screaming and chanting, is a surreal experience and is sure to raise some serious goosebumps. Dont miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience when in Madrid
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Art Museum, Museum
Approaching this elegant house, youre possessed by a sudden tranquillity. Everything just blends so perfectly into everything else. This was early 20th century painter Sorollas home, where he drew quite a bit of his post-impressionism work. The painting galleries are stunning youll find yourself wondering why you havent heard of this man before. Walking through, youll be seeing the house decorated as it was in the days when the artists lived here. The studio is a particular favourite of tourists, and Ill bet youll leave with many ideas of what your own studio might one day look like
Art And Culture, Historical Site, Monument, Exhibition
16th century onwards, this was a big old hospital, and it became bigger and more sprawling as needs expanded. There was talk of tearing it down, but a 1977 decree declared the building a National Historic Monument. Today, its one of Europes top centres of 20th century art, and a half bad centre of 19th century art. Other exhibits are just as excellent these include a photo collection of the Spanish Civil War. Masters represented here include all the greats – Dali, Picasso, Miro and Guernica
Queen Sofia Arts Center
Museum, Tour, Historical Site, Specialty Museum
The 17th Marques de Cerralbo was a great intellectual, and he was also very rich. Naturally he decided to go around the world collecting a massive number of curiosities that caught his fancy. Further, in the natural course of these things, his house after his death was converted into a fascinating museum
Food And Drinks, Market, Street Market, Architecture
Madrids oldest market gets more beautiful and interesting by the decade! The city renovated it, but everyone was still surprised that it made such a great public space. The architecture is cool enough Beaux-Arts in steel and iron an glass. But the food ah, the food. Pastries, tapas, wine and everything in between its 33 stalls of sheer delight
Mercado San Miguel
Art And Culture, Boulevard
This north-south boulevard is an intensely cultural, historical and public space of Madrid. It trails past some of the citys major attractions, including parks and museums, the Royal Botanic Gardens and even the National Congress. The art museums here Museo del Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum are called the Golden Triangle of Art
Paseo Del Prado
Landmark, Walking Area, Palace, Plaza
Madrid has many landmarks this is perhaps the most beautiful. Cybele, the eponymous goddess whose fountain decorates the neo-classical plaza, has long been a symbol of Madrid; the Real Madrid Football Club reflects this, and fans celebrate wins right in front of the sculpture. Three beautiful and famous buildings border the square the Banco de Espana, the Linares Place, and the Buenavista Palace
Plaza And Palacio De Cibeles
Walking Area, Shopping Center, Streets
There are a few places in the city of Madrid that you should never miss and this is one of them. Basically, the place is a shopping destination and a vibrant one at that. If you are visiting Madrid and you are not here once, then indeed your trip to the city is incomplete.There are a lot of big hotels and movie theatres in the street and you can enjoy your time here completely, but the most intrinsic quality of this city is in the fact that, in this street, you will find loads of buildings which are architecturally important, beautiful and create a certain charm which is very tough to miss
Church, Religious Site
A chapel converted into a convent in the 13th century. Neo-classically decorated as a basilica in the 18th century. Once a national pantheon. Franciscan. Paintings by Goya. The biggest dome among all Spanish churches. White marble Rennaisance pulpits. 49 fabulous paintings that deal with the life of St. Francis. 12. 2.85 metre high statues of the apostles. Quite possibly the most beautiful church in Spain.
Real Basílica De San Francisco El Grande
Shopping Center, Neighborhoods
Salamanca is the most exclusive commercial and residential neighborhood of Madrid. It is associated with good taste and wealth. It is frequented and inhabited by ultra-conservative upper class.
In this place, there is a concentration of prestigious Restaurants, private Art Galleries and Haute Couture outlets. You can definitely have a good time out here. Here, you will find various brands like Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Bottega Venetta, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel and the list goes on
Park, Walking Area, Leisure
A very clever public space planner saw Madrids Rio highway and decided this had park potential. And Viola! there were long and wonderful walkways, on two sides of a lovely river (down which you can try and scull), and on the banks of which you can walk, jog, run, cycle, Segway, or just stroll with your romantic interest. You can rent the cycle and segways nearby (try neary Segovia bridge). There are lots of cafeterias, restaurants, benches and shady spots. Its one of they citys favourite family hangouts
Museum, Specialty Museum
Established in 1843, the museum charts the history of the Spanish naval efforts from the time of the catholic Kings to today. Of course you must go! Spanish naval efforts played a massive part in the worlds history. Its not just all models of ships; youll find fascinating maps of the world, including the historic Juan de la Cosas parchment map of the known world from 1500. Artefacts also include fashion, weapons and other naval paraphernalia. 24 expertly curated rooms explore every topic you could want to know about in chronological order.
Walking Area, Plaza
This Plaza specializes in its immense diversity of collections, which includes the Gothic monuments of Madrid and the grand heritage theatre of the Teatro Espanol. The Spanish writers of the Golden Age of literature of Spain, namely Pedro Calderon de la Barca and Federico Garcia Lorca and their works are both highly illustrated in the Plaza of the Santa Ana
Plaza De Santa Ana
Museum, Garden, Architecture , Exhibition
Take an old out of use electrical station. Plop several new floors atop it. Slap a green vertical garden (of 15,000 plants) up one side. Scatter a few moody looking sculptures about. Stick a trippy white staircase in the centre. Glam it up with interior decoration that looks like something out of a futuristic dream. And Viola youve got what is one of Madrids most visited museum and cultural centres. Its temporary exhibits can feature everything from theatre, movies, concerts and family centric workshops. Somehow it all works, and its one of the best examples of industrial architecture in the world
Architecture , Heritage Building
Riveting architecture, beautiful sculptures and stunningly lit at night, this early 20th century office building is one of Madrids most spectacular buildings. The Black Dome is really striking, with the statue of a winged goddess Victoria on top. You cant go in, but you dont need to.
Madrid once had something of an urban walled enclosure in the medieval ages. You can see its remnants here, but worry not the streets still retain their medieval architectural flavour. Better yet, the area is such a hit with the true Madrid locals that you wont find a better place to pick up on the citys spirit. Taverns, shops, cute little squares, charming winding and narrow streets and the best collection of tapas bars in the city. Theres a healthy nightlife scene happening here too, and the barrio has its own bustling gay community thats distinct from the rest of the city. On Sundays and holidays, the citys best street/ flee market bursts into life The Rastro. The word means The Trail, and about 3000+ stalls sell everything imaginable! Some attractive churches such as the Iglesia de San Andres and the Iglesia de San Francisco el Grande add a dash of romance to the place. Catch the sunset from Las Vistillas park
La Latina And El Rastro
Church, Religious Site, Cathedral
Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena was built from the 1880s to the 1990s spanning 100 years. The Neo -Gothic architecture with influences of contemporary designand modern Pop-Art décor give the cathedral its distinct look.
Neo-Romanesque Crypt: A 19th century crypt that accommodates a 16th century image of the Almudena Virgin.
Museum: Showcases the history of the Church and is home to the popular mosaics seen at the Cathedral Sacristy and Chapter Hall. The view from the dome is the highlight.
The place is perfect to learn a little bit about the history of the church and explore its past as you walk through the crypt and see the timeless building merge with urban Madrid.