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El Angel Caido (The Fallen Angel) in Retiro Park
Since 1878 the only public statue in the world dedicated solely to the devil (The Fallen Angel). He's got wings like an angel but a very long snake is wrapped around him.
Museo de America (Museum of the Americas)
The Museum of the Americas has a variety of collections from the different cultures in the Americas. Especially worthy of note are the sections devoted to pre-Columbian archaeology, ethnography and colonial art, with extraordinary jewels like the head of Viracocha and the Los Quimbayas Treasure.
Avenida Reyes Catolicos, 6. Nearby metro: Moncloa
Templo de Debod (Debod Temple)
This construction dates from the 2nd century BC, and, after centuries on Egyptian soil, was brought to Spain as a gift from Egypt.Transportation of the temple, which was originally built by order of king Adikhalamani, began in 1960, coinciding with the start of works at the Aswan Dam. It finally arrived in Madrid in 1968, and can be seen in La Montaña Park, very close to Plaza de España. This is one of the few sites where you can view a complete set of ancient Egyptian archaeological remains far from Egypt itself. The monument is surrounded by beautiful gardens with a fountain, and is Madrid's oldest. It has a hall, several chapels and a terrace on the upper floor, and conserves its original decoration inside.
Paseo del Pintor Rosales. Nearby metro: Plaza de España
Museo del Traje (Clothing Museum)
This museum has numerous exhibits showing the evolution of clothing in Spain throughout history. An exquisite selection of clothing items from times gone by is combined with traditional dress from every region of Spain, as well as examples of contemporary fashion design. Designers like Fortuny, Balenciaga, Pertegaz, Hannibal Laguna, Ailante and Torretta, among other masters of haute couture, are represented in this unusual museum, which also displays pieces of jewellery and home furnishings, as well as accessories like shoes and gloves.
Avenida Juan de Herrera, 2. Bus # 133 (Callao-Mirasierra)
Museo Arquelogico Nacional (National Archaelogical Museum)
The museum came into existence at the end of the 19th century, aiming to bring together and exhibit items related to archaeology, ethnography, decorative arts and stamps from a range of different institutions. The permanent exhibition takes a complete look at the history of Spain, from prehistory to the 19th century. It has excellent collections of all types, such as: Egyptian sarcophagi and mummies; Hispano-Roman decorative art; Moorish archaeology and Mudejar masonry and ceramics, amongst others. There is also a partial reconstruction of the Altamira Caves, and a library specialised in scientific publications on art, history, archaeology and museology. One of its most highly-prized treasures is the bust of the Dama de Elche (Lady of Elche).
Calle Serrano, 13. Nearby metro: Serrano
San Francisco el Grande Church, a Classicist building from the 18th Century, was built on an old convent which legend has it was founded by San Francisco de Asís in the 13th Century. This new temple was built under the orders of King Carlos III, designed by Francisco Cabezas in 1761 and finished by Francisco Sabatini and Miguel Fernández in 1784. It has a magnificent vertical façade and the main feature of the building exterior is the huge dome measuring 33 metres in diameter. Inside there are superb frescoes on the dome, decorative canvases by prestigious artists such as Francisco de Goya, as well as an important art gallery in the cloister.
Plaza de San Francisco, 11. Nearby metro: Puerta de Toledo
Museo del Aire (Aeronautical Museum)
The "Museo del Aire" museum at Cuatros Vientos airfield in Madrid houses an impressive (mainly military) collection of aircraft. This airfield was Spain’s first military airfield and opened as long ago as 1911. Over 100 (!) aircraft are currently on display, however the impressive collection also comprises photos and paintings, squadron badges, engines, airfield equipment, weapons, and other memorabilia.
Buses "De Blas" from underground bus terminal in Principe Pio. Metro: Principe Pio.