Architectural Buildings in Madrid

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Architectural Buildings in Madrid

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  • Marissa A
    Detroit, MI3 contributions
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    I loved visiting the palace of Madrid! For future visitors make sure to book your tickets AHEAD of time, the line to get in to purchase tickets took about an hour during “off season”. I would recommend getting a tour guide too, it will help make things make more sense as you walk through the palace.
    Written May 24, 2024
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  • wireless_in_CA
    United States7,429 contributions
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    The Debold Temple was located on a small hill in Parque De Oste. It was a short walk from the Palacio Real.

    We knew the inside was closed that day so we spent our time waking around the temple itself. I did not realize but security would not let any one near the temple as well. We watched them come out of the temple itself and chase people away.

    In the winter, the water that surrounded the temple had been drained but not sure if that also had to do with the drought conditions.

    Still a worthwhile visit to see a complete Egyptian temple without needed to travel to Egypt.
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • Brian R
    Vienna, VA660 contributions
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    A beautifully decorated mansion well worth visiting. Much less crowded than most attractions, and not far off the beaten path.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • Marianne T
    6 contributions
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    Beautiful views! Went at night for a drink and enjoyed beautiful views of Madrid. Drinks were great also. We had some great quality tapas and the service was great.
    Written March 19, 2024
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  • SOPHIE
    England, UK63 contributions
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    We did a self-guided visit with audioguide which was essential for a great experience. The audioguide provided in-depth knowledge of the history and the rules of bullfighting. There is also a shop near the exit and all proceeds go to the maintenance of the stadium. Although I am still "anti-bullfighting", I am very glad that I got to experience this stadium and gain in-depth knowledge of the history and the rules of bullfighting.
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,342 contributions
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    Palacio De Cristal or Glass palace is located at El Retiro Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    It was originally built in 1887 as a greenhouse as part of an exhibition on the Philippines.

    It is now used all year round as a venue for hosting temporary exhibitions.

    It was modelled on Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace which had been erected in Hyde Park (London) back in 1851.

    Whilst in this pretty park its worth visiting this unique building.
    Written February 19, 2024
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  • VirginiaGal
    Arlington, VA270 contributions
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    Allow a few extra minutes to go through security. The Renfe first class lounge was modern, large, nice, and clean, and offered some snacks (including gluten-free) and a wide variety of beverages: coffee, tea, beer, soda, chocolate milk, juice.
    Written May 12, 2024
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK831,254 contributions
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    One of the most beautiful buildings in Madrid is Edificio Metropolis.
    A grand looking building, constructed between 1907-1911 from designs from architect's Jules & Raymond Fevrier in the magnificent French Beaux Arts style of architecture that is so pleasing on the eye,at present the building is under wraps as major renovation is taking place but I still give it a five star rating on TripAdvisor as underwear the scaffolding and covering is the most beautiful building in Madrid.
    Written September 26, 2023
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  • Des1Edmonton_Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta97 contributions
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    Backstage Pass to the Royal Theatre/opera house is a nice excursion. The theatre has a box office but you want the ticket area to the right of the box office. The front desk guy initially told me I had to come back a day later to catch a tour but it would be Spanish speaking. Then when I arrived again a day later he didn’t add me to the personal tour but instead I scanned a QR code for an audio guide on my phone. This was sufficient. The reception rooms, Royal box and main stage are all impressive. While it may not be in the top 3 things to do in Madrid, it offers a glimpse of the backstage glamour.
    Written May 19, 2023
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK831,254 contributions
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    Plaza Mayor is without a shadow of a doubt the most beautiful plaza in Madrid, the standout building for me on this most beautiful of square's is Casa De La Panaderia .
    Casa De La Panaderia ( Bakery House ) occupies the northern side of the plaza ,constructed in 1619 from designs from architect Jaun Gomez De Mora ,this original building was destroyed in a devastating fire in 1672 but was rebuilt within 17 months by architect Tomas Roman ,its a visually stunning looking building, very photogenic and a building that adds to the joy of visiting Plaza Mayor.
    Written October 25, 2023
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  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,952 contributions
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    This striking building hits you smack in the face as you pass by near the Cibeles Square. Beautifully ornate and looking like a grand palace, probably the last thing you would think is that it is the central bank of Spain.
    Written May 17, 2024
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  • Gmanbumpy
    Chicago, IL915 contributions
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    I have walked by here several times however I did not know that you could walk into this beautiful building. There was an exposition there on 125 years of dance/theater with beautiful costumes from the theater and ballet. The building itself is incredible. The entrance is from the back garden. The garden itself looks lovely and if seats are available would be wonderful to take a rest.
    The architecture is reminiscence of Gaudi.
    I am not sure if we lucked out that they were having an exposition there. It appears the upstairs rooms are used as private offices. If it’s open, it’s worth going in.
    Written April 24, 2024
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK831,254 contributions
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    Madrid is a city justifiably famous for its great architecture, a walk down Calle De Alcala only reinforces this ,so many beautiful buildings, one of my favourites is Casino De Madrid.
    The facade of this structure is exquisite, such ornate stonework, lovely to view ,to me it's such a highly photogenic building and adds to the joy of walking down Calle De Alcala.
    Written September 27, 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,641 contributions
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    This is one of a number of note-worthy buildings that line Madrid’s most famous street, the Gran Via. Its towering, solid structure made me think of Gotham City.
    It’s main claim to fame is being Spain’s first skyscraper. Its doors first opened on 1st Jan, 1930, and at that time, standing at 89 metres, it was not just Spain’s tallest building but the tallest one in Europe. It remained Madrid’s tallest building until 1953.

    I found the stories around the building, more interesting than the building itself:

    i) During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) it was the prime target for Nationalist bombing because it was Spain’s main hub of communications. for Spain. The basements became air raid shelters and bombs rained down around it. Ernest Hemingway worked as a foreign war correspondent here at this time. You can imagine him making his way along the Gran Via, in between avoid bombing raids, to file his reports at the Office of Foreign Press inside the building.

    ii) It was also here that the very first transatlantic conversation between a US President (Calvin Coolidge) and a European leader (Spain’s King Alfonso XIII) took place on 13 Oct 1928. It was a great technological advance. Instead of messages between envoys and ambassadors, the two leaders were able to speak personally to each other. Immediately, this made me wonder what they said. Still curious, later in the day, I looked it up. For the most part, they talked about the importance of this new technology. Coolidge said, “… I believe it to be true that when two men can talk together the danger of any serious disagreement is immeasurably lessened and that what is true of individuals is true of nations. The international telephone, therefore, which carries the warmth and the friendliness of the human voice, will always correct what might be misinterpreted in the written word.”
    Words of wisdom. Coolidge might have been talking almost 100 years ago but weirdly his words seem even truer and more relevant now than then. How easy is it to misinterpret tone when you rely mainly on texts and emails?

    Nowadays, the building has the flagship store for a mobile phone company and regular free exhibitions and talks so you are able to go inside if you want a closer look.
    Written November 16, 2020
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,641 contributions
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    Even if you have limited time in Madrid you'll find yourself at some point in Puerta Del Sol, Madrid’s large central plaza.
    This large, striking red brick building with the flags, was built in the 1760s as the headquarters of the main Post Office. It is a grand Baroque building, positioned in a central spot in the city’s main square.
    Its size and scale is a reminder of just how important the postal services once were. How things have changed. Today post offices are often just small shopfronts, stuck in some neglected corner of a shopping mall and it’s been many years since anyone routinely carried stamps in their wallets.
    We only stopped for a couple of minutes but if nothing else, it was interesting to reflect on how different the pre-email/text world was when people depended so heavily on the mail-coach.
    Casa de Correos is only one point of interest in the plaza but before you move on there are 2 other features worth noticing. These are:
    i) The 0 km sign in the pavement in front of the building – this marks the centre of Madrid and the point from which all roads radiate.
    ii) Queen Isabel II’s clock and bells – this is where people traditionally gather to wait for the bells on top of the building to ring in the new year.
    Written December 12, 2020
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