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St. Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts

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Address: Alcala, 13, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34 915 240 864
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yes.....it is true. compete with the prado is difficult. but if you have some time left besides the prado go to the sensational academia, madrid s other big museum of ( mainly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

yes.....it is true. compete with the prado is difficult. but if you have some time left besides the prado go to the sensational academia, madrid s other big museum of ( mainly italian, spanish and flemish) world class european painting. finest italian masters as guido reni or archimboldo or bassanos, jose de ribera, zurbaran, goya, velazquez, tintoretto, bellini, rubens ,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This museum is located in a beautiful palace. The art was wonderful and contains Spanish,Flemish and Italian art. Besides a room full of Goya paintings, we found fascinating wax reliefs, Jose Gine's polychrome sculpture of King Herod's ordered massacre of infants, Meng's castings, a life size painting of George Washington painted in 1796 to commemorate a treaty with Spain and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The San Fernando de Bellas Artes is a beautiful museum filled with plenty of good art. One can see paintings by Goya and Zurbaran, among many artists. In the past it was a school where many of Spain's best artists studied. This museum is quiet because most tourists bypass it, not knowing that this is one of the best art... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

A smaller gallery housing some NAMED artists and many unknown. A superb building which houses some interesting pieces…whilst not Madrid's finest gallery it is worth a visit…if for no other reason its quiet with few tourists.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This museum boasts works by the masters. And they do have pieces by some of the most famous Spanish artists, however those pieces are no where near the best. These are the bottom of the barrel or simple pieces that have no draw. The building is impressive and the works are laid out tastefully.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Variety of arts. walking from one to another room you could see different paintings, not boring, from modern art to classic. I liked it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

More classic art, was quite when I went. Staff friendly and helpful, when I needed help with getting a lift.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts is one of my favorite museums. Few people visit it because the majority of tourists to Madrid do not even know that it exists. I see it every time we visit Madrid because it is a storeroom of great art. You can see Goyas and Sorollas here, as well as many other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Thanks for being so hospitable on Wednesdays. I visited you this Wednesday and I was surprised I didn't have to pay an entrance fee. Thanks for letting me see your great collection for free!! I enjoyed my visit. It took quite a while because your exhibition is fabulous. I truly needed time to explore your museum because of its wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

It is not the most famous museum in Madrid but it is one of my favourites. Very classy, a lot of good work of arts, and also the surprise you get. You expect Prado to be something great but this museum, unheard of by some of the travellers gained my admiration.

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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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