ROYAL PALACE Madrids Royal Palace was built in the 18th century, by order of Philip V. The Sabatini and Campo del Moro Gardens are among the Palace’s attractions. Its artistic style is Neo-classical.
ALMUDENA CATHEDRAL Almudena Cathedral is the cathedral of Madrid. Dating from the late 19th and 20th centuries. It was completed in 1993 and consecrated in person by Pope John Paul II that same year. It’s in Neo- Gothic and Neoclassical style.
PLAZA MAYOR – MAIN SQUAREThe Plaza Mayor isMadrids main square. It islocated right in the centreof the city.
The monumental CibelesCIBELES FOUNTAIN Fountain has become a Madrid icon. It shows Cybele, the Greek goddess of fertility and nature.
DEBOD TEMPLEThe Egyptiangovernment donatedthis temple to theSpanish people in1968.
GRAN VIAMadrid’s Gran Via district is a fashionable boulevard lined with modernArt Deco buildings, upscale shops and an impressive theatre districtthat rivals Broadway for its varied international productions.
EL RETIRO PARK Many local families spend their Sunday afternoons here, renting a horse-drawn carriage or paddling a rowboat in the pond. In the 17th century only the royal family was allowed to use it privately, hosting pageants, bullfights, and mock naval battles. Only a century later did it open to the public, but even then visitors had to be formally dressed to enter.
PUERTA DE ALCALA – ALCALA DOOR In 1764 King Carlos III commissioned the Italian architect Sabatini to construct a large gate. Sabatinis design called for a neoclassical granite gate with three large archways and two smaller, rectangular passageways.
LA PUERTA DEL SOL The Puerta del Sol is one of the best known and busiest places in Madrid. This is the centre of the radial network of Spanish roads.
THE PRADO MUSEUM The Prado Museum is Madrids top cultural sight, and one of the worlds greatest art galleries. There are works of Velázquez, Goya, Rapha el, Rubens, and Bosch is housed in an 18th- century Neo-Classical building that opened as a museum in 1819.
REINA SOFIA MUSEUM Madrids 18th century hospital was beautifully remodelled and converted into a museum in 1992. It’s Spains national museum of 20th century art Picasso’s Guernica
THYSSEN MUSEUM This museum is one the worlds most important private art collection. Assembled by Baron Heinrich Thyssen- Bornemisza it illustrates the history of Western art from the primitive Flemish and Italian painters, to 20th century Pop Art.