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The Art Triangle

Is called Art Triangle or golden triangle to the Group of museums in Madrid are located in the area of the Paseo del Prado, old Mall that marks the boundary between the old city and the Retiro Park. The three vertices of the triangle are the national Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Museum Reina Sofía. They will be the three protagonists of this unique tour that offers a complete journey through the history and evolution of painting. Nowhere in the world you will find so many masterpieces in such a short space.

  • Museo Nacional del Prado

    One of the most important in the world, as well as the most visited. Rich in paintings by European masters from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Its main attraction lies in the large presence of works by artists such as Tiziano, El Greco and Rubens and shine with their own light pictures such as Las Meninas or the family of Felipe IV of Velázquez, Las Majas of Goya and the garden of the delights of the Bosco.

  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

    Art Gallery of old and modern masters. Its existence is due to the agreement of lease (1988) and the subsequent acquisition by the Spanish Government (1993), the most valuable nucleus of the private collection gathered over seven decades by the Thyssen-Bornemisza family. Stand the Impressionist works, the avant-garde and Pop Art of the 1960s in his artistic background. In their halls hang paintings by masters such as Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Klee or Kandinsky, among many others.

  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

    Museum of 20th century art and contemporary. It is the mirror of the artistic trends more innovative. In its permanent collection highlights a core of works by 20th century Spanish artists such as Salvador Dali, Joan Miró and Chillida, without forgetting the famous Pablo Picasso's Guernica. Are relevant also collections of surrealist art (Francis Picabia, René Magritte), Cubism and expressionist artists such as Francis Bacon and Antonio Saura.

Plaza Mayor

Located next to the main street, a few meters from the Puerta del Sol. It is a porticoed square, completely closed by buildings of three storeys. La Casa de la Panadería, the Arc de Cuchilleros and the equestrian statue of Felipe III in the center of the square can be seen in it. Numerous shops of hospitality are housed in the arcades. May not miss are different collectors, Philately and Numismatic shops as well as the famous "Squid sandwich".

Puerta del Sol

Nerve centre of the city. You can not fail to visit and take pictures in the known "kilometer zero" or "The bear and the Madroño" statue. It is the most important shopping area of the city with extended opening hours. From here can be moved to multiple streets near the center that are worth (Calle Carretas, Carrera San Jerónimo, Calle Alcalá, Calle Preciados, Calle Arenal...)

Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza de Neptuno

Both have a source and are a symbol of the city of Madrid.

Plaza de la Cibeles: the Bank of Spain and the headquarters of the city of Madrid. Your source includes the goddess Cybele, the symbol of Earth, agriculture and fertility, on a chariot pulled by Lions. In addition, it is the venue of the Real Madrid soccer team.
Neptuno: plaza in the Paseo del Prado, in the center of the square has a source of neo-classical style that represents Neptune, God of the seas, on a chariot pulled by two sea-horses. In this case, are the players of Atletico Madrid who use it as a place of celebration and meeting with fans.

In both cases, don't forget to enjoy their night views.

Puerta de Alcalá

Is one of the five ancient Royal doors that gave access to the city of Madrid. It is part of the typical sightseeing tours of the city. It is located in the Centre of the roundabout at the independence square (next to the gates of the Parque del Retiro). The design and work belongs to the Italian architect Francesco Sabatini. It is a door of neoclassical style and similar in appearance to the arches of the Roman triumphs. Since its construction, the door has been restored in five times in more than two centuries of existence. It is one of the most characteristic and representative icons appearing in numerous illustrations and postcards of the city of Madrid. The Puerta de Alcalá has also served as a backdrop for all kinds of concerts, events, and political and artistic manifestations.

Congreso de los Diputados

Located in the Plaza of the Cortes of Madrid (a mere 5 minutes) is the constitutional body which represent the Spanish people. It is a building of neoclassical style built around 1850. Cannot fail to observe its facade, consisting of a classical portico with six Corinthian columns, a stairway that has the famous lions on each side and, in the end, a great bronze door. Once not held open days allowing citizens to make a tour of the most representative rooms.

Parque del Retiro

It is only 10 minutes from our accommodation, nature in the Centre of Madrid and one of the main lung of the city. It extends in 118 hectares and is very pleasant to stroll through all its gardens and streets observing multiple sculptures as the source of the fallen Angel. In addition, you can enjoy different alternatives of culture, leisure and sport that offers (rowing in the pond, live music, puppet shows, storytelling,...), spend a romantic evening or an afternoon of fun with the children. They deserve special mention the large pond, the Palacio de Velázquez, the Crystal Palace and La Rosaleda.

Royal Palace

Located in the Plaza de Oriente, on the other side of the Royal theatre and surrounded by the Sabatini gardens and the gardens of the Campo del Moro, is one of the most beautiful places in the city of Madrid. The Royal Palace is the official residence of the King of Spain; Although not live on it which is used for State ceremonies and solemn events. With an area of 135 000 m² (almost double that of Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Versailles), is the largest Western European Royal Palace. Inside the Palace is noted for its artistic richness and possess a valuable historical and artistic heritage, emphasizing the whole of musical instruments known as the palatal Stradivarius and paintings by artists of the importance of Caravaggio, Velazquez and Francisco de Goya as well as collections of Armory and Silver State rooms and the art collections are open to visits, provided that there is no official acts.
You can see changes in guard held every Wednesday from October until July at 11 o'clock in the morning.
is very interesting to visit it. They may consult the calendar, schedules and fares here:

http://www.patrimonionacional.es/real-sitio/palacios/6039

Almudena Cathedral

It is the most important religious building in Madrid. June 15, 2003 it was consecrated by Pope Juan Paul II becoming the first cathedral consecrated outside of Rome. The interior of La Almudena surprises by completely different to other cathedrals tenerdetalles: ceiling and stained glass windows they put aside the classical style to make way for the bright colors and straight lines. There is a small museum that brings together dozens of objects that tell the story of the Diocese of Madrid. In the twelve rooms has the Museum will see from mosaics to Episcopal shield and ornament.

Plaza of Spain

Located between the historic Gran Vía and Calle Princesa, Spain square composed one of the main centres of the city and a popular place for tourists. It boasts 36.900 square meters, something that makes it one of the largest in Spain. It's a place downtown and unique, ideal both for take nice photos of remembrance or relax watching the continuous movement of the city, and choose from dozens of restaurants and entertainment nearby.
In it you can see some points of interest such as the Torre de Madrid, Spain building or monument dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes.
in addition, nearby, discover one of the greatest treasures hidden in the Madrid:Temple of Debod. Surrounded by gardens and the best time to visit is the sunset, when light is most beautiful and already you can use to see it illuminated. Access to the interior of the temple is free. Inside, there is enough information on mythology and Egyptian society and explanations of the hieroglyphics.

Plaza Santa Ana

Very close to us, in the Barrio de las Letras. It is one of the areas with the best atmosphere in the city where, in addition to contemplate the monument to Calderón de la Barca or the façade of the Spanish Theatre, may make a stop in one of the many terraces that surround the plaza for tapas at any time of the day, have a drink or enjoy a rich cocktail.
From this square will have access to multiple streets with great cuisine and nightlife (Calle Príncipe, Huertas Street, Calle de la Cruz, Plaza del Angel).

Gran Vía

This Street is more known in Madrid and one of the nerve centres. It is the central hub that allows communication with different points of the capital. Currently, we basically find four types of establishments: restaurants, trendy shops, cinemas theatres in which to enjoy great works and famous musicals and multiple sessions. In it you will find environment at any time of the day throughout the year.

Rastro

Is a free market which takes place on Sunday in the historic centre of Madrid, in the popular district of la Latina. It's a flea market with more than 400 years of history and hundreds of jobs in which both everyday objects and curious contraptions, you can find all wrapped up in a more lively atmosphere. Some of the streets are dedicated to the sale of some specialty products such as animals, pictures, magazines or books. Is very nice nice to spend a sunny Sunday morning walking trail jobs to finish taking some tapas in the bars in the area.




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