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Tours Madrid, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

Brief On Madrid Surroundings

This section covers the cities and sites around Madrid, that can be reached in an hour or two, and a radius of about 100 km. Some nearby cities like Toledo, was in the past, more important than Madrid itself, because it preceded Madrid as the capital of the Kingdom. These towns and cities, near Madrid, […]

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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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2014 Christmas in the Plaza Mayor of Madrid

From the November 29, Plaza Mayor becomes the main Christmas market in Madrid. The 104 booths, offering all the traditional products for Christmas decoration for the Xmas tree, accessories for parties, such as wigs, masks, Santa Claus hats and of course can not miss the joke articles for 28th of December. This year 2014, a […]

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Estatua del Rey Carlos III en Puerta del Sol

King Carlos III, the Best Mayor of Madrid

This equestrian statue of Carlos III, located in the Puerta del Sol, was inspired by a sculpture of Juan Pascual de Mena, sculpted in wood and plaster in the eighteenth century, and today can be seen at the Royal Academy of San Fernando. Miguel Angel Rodriquez and Eduardo Zancada, were based on this model of […]

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Interior de la Basilica Pontificia San Miguel

St. Michael’s Basilica, Madrid

In the Hapsburg Madrid area, next to the Archbishop’s Palace, is St. Michael’s basilica entruste to Opus Dei since 1960. It is a very important piece of Spanish Baroque, which has been declared a National Historic Monument in 1984. In 1745 the construction of the present church was concluded. On this same site, there was […]

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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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Estatua ecuestre de Epartero el Pacificador

Equestrian Statue of General Baldomero Espartero

The full name of this general from La Mancha, was Joaquín Fernández-Espartero Baldomero Alvarez de Toro (1793-1879).  He was Prince of Vergara, Count of Luchana and Duke de la Victoria, specially due to his achievements on the battlefields during the First Carlist War. The equestrian statue of General Baldomero Espartero, is a sculpture by the […]

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La Mariblanca

Statue of Mariblanca in Puerta del Sol

The sculpture La Mariblanca is a copy of the original, located on the top of a column at the confluence of where  Arenal street meet with Puerta del Sol. La Mariblanca, has an unknown origin, nevertheless it is known that it was purchased in 1625, to decorate the now missing Fountain of Faith (Fuente de […]

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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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Cuadriga en la antigua sede del Banco de Bilbao.

Chariots at the Top of Calle Alcala Buildings

I have always believed that Madrid has great appeal when you look up, on top of buildings. At the beginning of Alcalá Street, close to Metro de Sevilla station, and to Puerta del Sol, there is this building, former headquarters of BBVA Bank, which is crowned by the sculptures of two chariots pulled by four […]

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Plaza Cruz Verde

Green Cross Square, and the Inquisition

In the Habsburgs area of medieval Madrid, we find the Plaza de la Cruz Verde (Green Cross Square), surrounded by stairs, and by the unevenness of Segovia St., which runs from the Plaza Puerta Cerrada, near the Plaza Mayor, to the Manzanares River. This square is located in a widening of Segovia St., near the […]

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Fachada de la Casa de las Siete Chimeneas

Legend of the House of Seven Chimneys

There is a well known legend by the residents of Madrid, which tells about a medieval mystery from the court of King Philip II, of beautiful young Elena, that according to rumors, received nightly visits from a person related to the court. Soon, Elena was married to a captain of the royal troops called Zapata, […]

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Escultura Angel Cayendo

Fountain of the Fallen Angel, Retiro Park

This is one of the few statues in the world, of the “angel falling”, name that some residents of Madrid, prefer to name, as not wanting to give a tribute with a sculpture to the angel expelled from Paradise, as in the Bible. They say, “How would I honor the devil?”. The main sculpture of […]

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Puente de Segovia

Segovia Bridge, The Oldest Bridge in Madrid

The construction of Segovia Bridge, was ordered by King Phillip II to his favorite architect Juan de Herrera, between 1582 and 1584, who followed the classical solution used in the Roman bridges. The Bridge over the Manzanares River, is made out of granite with 9 arched padded spans, and on the parapet of the bridge, […]

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Madrid Sunset

From Madrid to Heaven! (De Madrid al Cielo)

It is widely used proverb to refer to Madrid, as a lively and charming city, where you can have a great time. The complete expression says: “From Madrid to Heaven, and once there, a hole to glimpse at it”. It is not known exactly where the saying came from, but we have found some versions […]

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Plaza de San Javier

Plaza San Javier, Smallest Plaza of Madrid.

San Javier Square, is considered the smallest of Madrid plaza. It is located across the Conde St., which is also very narrow. Both are located in the Madrid de los Austrias or Habsburgs Madrid, near the Plaza Mayor. It seems that the legendary Luis Candelas (1804-1837), frequented this square for his misdeeds, and they also […]

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Placa Calderon de la Barca en Calle Mayor, 61.

The narrow house where Calderon de la Barca lived.

In 61 of the Calle Mayor of Madrid, there is a very narrow building, which in turn is the house where Pedro Calderon de la Barca lived for eighteen years, until his death on the 25th May 1681. In those days, it only he had two floors and was called “the narrow house” because of […]

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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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La Casa de la Panadería, Plaza Mayor de Madrid

Video of the Plaza Mayor, Madrid

Known as the Plaza del Arrabal, from the sixteenth century, it was the main market place of the town. The first building in Plaza Mayor, was the Bakery House, and in 1617 the architect Juan Gómez de Mora, gave the uniformity in height of all the buildings that surround it, as it is today.

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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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Mercado San Miguel Madrid

San Miguel Market Video

The San Miguel Market, is an innovative gastronomic space, declared of cultural interest of the city of Madrid.

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Bandera de Madrid despues de 1983.

Seven Stars and Crimson Red Flag Madrid

The crimson red flag as the banner of Castile, and that Madrid was part of the kingdom until 1833. The flag consists of seven white five-pointed stars and adopts it officially on December 23, 1983. There are different versions of why the seven stars. Some say that it represents the constellation Ursa Minor, while other […]

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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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The Oldest Tavern in Madrid

The great bullfighting tradition in Madrid, sends us back to remember as if it were the 1830s, which was when the picador, “Colita” (short tail), founded the Taberna de Antonio Sanchez. In 1884, the father of bullfighter Antonio Sanchez, bought the tavern and therefore maintains this name until today. In 1929, after suffering more than […]

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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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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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Capillas Laterales de la Colegiata de San Isidro

Church of San Isidro el Real – Interim Cathedral of Madrid

The Empress Maria of Austria, left her entire fortune to build this church, which started construction during the reign of Felipe IV (Philip IV) . At that time, this church was called Iglesia de San Francisco Javier (St. Francis Xavier). It went on to be a “Colegiata” in 1767 , when Carlos III , expelled […]

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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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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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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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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 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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