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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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Casa y Torre de los Lujanes y Casa de Cisneros

House and Tower of the Lujanes in the Plaza de la Villa

The Lujanes house in the Plaza de la Villa, was the residence of one of the most ancient lineages of Madrid, although in reality the Luján family came from Aragon. They settled in this place, at that time, in the early fifteenth century, when it was called Plaza de San Salvador. This square was considered […]

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Teatro Español en Plaza Santa Ana

Teatro Español (Español Theatre) in Plaza Santa Ana

At mid-sixteenth century, this location was the Corral de la Pacheca, a local comedy place that the guilds hired to collect money to fund hospitals, and to do their maintenance. It was inaugurated on September 21, 1583, as Corral del Principe and from 1631, with the founding of the Authors Guild, it lived its peak […]

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Plaza Puerta del Sol de Madrid

Video of Puerta del Sol, Madrid

Video of the Puerta del Sol, which is the geographical center of Spain, where people have as a meeting point. The KM0 plate on the sidewalk in front of the clock tower, marks the point where all Spanish roads, streets and highway sistems begin.

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Lions Of Congress of Deputies

The building of the Congress of Deputies, is guarded by two lions, of which are mentioned in an anecdote, when in late 1985 were taken down from their pedestals for them to be restored. Therefore, temporarily they were placed inside the building. Parliamentarians were surprised to see that one of them had missing its male […]

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Gate of Europe Buildings, in Plaza Castilla Madrid

The Puerta de Europa (Gate of Europe), which make these two buildings, formerly called Kio Towers, because they were initially owned by the Kuwait Investments Office. They are the first leaning skyscrapers built in the world, designed and constructed by the two American architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee They are in Plaza Castilla, on […]

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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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La Almudena, Cathedral of Madrid

The Almudena Cathedral is located in the historic center of the city, adjoining the Royal Palace, where Bailen Street intersects with Calle Mayor. The exterior of the Cathedral, is neoclassical and the interior is neo-Gothic. View from La Almudena from Bailen and Mayor streets. The frescoes and stained glass in the photo above, were made […]

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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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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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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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Casa y Torre de los Lujanes y Casa de Cisneros

Other Landmark Buildings of Plaza de la Villa

On the photo of the Plaza de la Villa, above, there are the 3 main buildings: The Tower and House of Lujanes, to the left, Casa de Cisneros, located in the southern part of the enclosure, and the Casa de la Villa, on the right. The Tower and Lujanes House, are the two oldest civilian […]

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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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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 2013, […]

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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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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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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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Railway Museum Madrid – TAF Automotive 9522

TAF Automotive 9522 (Fiat, Italy, 1952) The TAF 9522, was an Italian designed automotive train, which became operational in 1952 with the aim of modernizing the most important RENFE daytime fast long-distance lines. Its introduction was aimed to replace old vehicles on some of these routes. These trains could run on all lines because of […]

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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 de Vapor “Tardienta”. Rodaje Patentee

Railroad Museum of Madrid – Steam Locomotive “Tardienta”

Steam Locomotive “Tardienta”. (John Jones & Son, Great Britain, 1862) Steam locomotive, of the type 1-1-1, built by John Jones for Tardienta-Huesca Railway in 1864. Then it became part of the Railway Company of Zaragoza to Pamplona and Barcelona. In 1910 this steam train engine, was sold to a private company called Industrial Azucarera S.A., […]

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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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Escultura de Botero, con AZCA y CTBA al fondo de la Castellana

Skyline Of Madrid – Buildings in AZCA Complex

AZCA is the financial district in downtown Madrid. The building complex, makes a  rectangle shape, between Raimundo Fernández Villaverde St., Orense St., General Perón St., and the Paseo de la Castellana Avenue. In the photo above, you can see the “Skyline” of most of the skyscrapers North of Madrid.  In the photo, you can see […]

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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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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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Plaza Santa Ana, Madrid

Zona de Terrazas, Tascas y Copas en Huertas

In the area known as “Huertas” which includes the Barrio de las Letras (Literary Neighbourhood close to Calle Huertas), Plaza Santa Ana, and the surrounding streets including the streets toward Puerta del Sol, Plaza Canalejas, up to Carrera de San Jerónimo, is one of liveliest places in Madrid. It has a lot of terraces, restaurants, […]

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Escultura de Federico García Lorca con la Alondra

Federico García Lorca’s Sculpture – Plaza Santa Ana

The statue of Federico García Lorca is right in front of the Teatro Español, in Plaza Santa Ana. Unfortunately on a night of April 2011, some vandals tore apart the lark from the hands of the statue, and no one saw it. This photo was taken the 24 of July, 2011, and galdfully, it looks […]

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Plaza Santa Ana, con el Hotel Reina Victoria

Santa Ana Plaza in Madrid, And Its Terrace Bars

The Santa Ana Plaza, is the center of the Huertas area in Madrid. As seen in the picture, it is very active having many terraces, bars and restaurants, all day. Also at night time, there are many places in the surroundings, to dine indoors, or a terrace, and after dinner, there are places to listen […]

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Huertas Area, and Literary Madrid

Huertas Street, is in the “Barrio de las Letras” (Writen Arts, and also known as Neighbourhood of the Comedians). In this area of the “Literary Neighborhood”, is where the most famous authors like Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, and Tirso de Molina, belonging to the Spanish Golden Century, lived on […]

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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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El Rastro Flea Market

El Rastro is an outdoor market that takes place every Sunday morning, where originally used objects, and antiques are sold. It’s been going for more than 250 years, as the usual market  for the sale, exchange and dealing of used objects.  Today it has both, new and used, but always, the opportunity of negotiation, like […]

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Puerta del Sol en Navidad

Christmas In Madrid – Photos

We can start the tour in Puerta del Sol for a short walk through Calle Preciados which is the the main shopping street in Madrid, and one of the busiest in the world. Preciados is a walking street, where you can find stores of all kinds.  This street has an L shape.  This view shows […]

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Ceremonia del fin del Calendario Maya e inicio de una nueva Era.

End of Mayan Calendar 21-12-2012 at Plaza Colón, Madrid

Mayan Ritual today in Plaza Colon in Madrid, starting at 12:12 hours. Preparing to receive the New Age that begins with the end of the Mayan Calendar.

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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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Fachada Sur de la Torre Picasso

Picasso Tower in AZCA Business Center of Madrid

Torre Picasso is located in Madrid, Spain, and it is one of AZCA commercial business complex skyscrapers.  It is next to Paseo de la Castellana, one of the most important avenues of Madrid. Until 2007, this building was the tallest skyscraper of Madrid. Since that year, La Torre Espacio, which is at the CTBA complex, […]

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Bernabeu Stadium on a Derby Night

The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, was inaugurated on December, 14, 1947 and it is owned by Real Madrid Football Club. It is located on the Paseo de la Castellana, very close to the AZCA commercial complex, where most of Madrid’s skyscrapers are. This is the reason to include it on the skyline walking tour section of […]

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Cuatro Torres Business Area

Foster Tower

Foster Tower, formerly known as Bankia Caja Madrid Tower, and before that was the Repsol Tower, is a skyscraper in Madrid, located at the CTBA complex north of Madrid, and next to three other skyscrapers. It is a 45 storey building, with a total height of 250 meters, making it the tallest building in Spain, […]

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Torre PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers)

PwC Tower, formerly called Sacyr Vallehermoso Tower, is the third tallest skyscraper in Madrid and Spain, and the sixth in the European Union. It has a height of 236 meters, 58 floors, and its construction began in 2004 and ended on April 12, 2008. The architects of the project, are Carlos Rubio Carvajal and Enrique […]

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