Destination MadridDestination Madrid

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The Three Big Art Galleries
Madrid’s three major art galleries are all within a short walk of each other, and together they make up a magnificent display illuminating the history of Western art. Each one of the galleries is so large, that the Paseo del Arte triple ticket may seem like an invitation to exhaustion however, once you have visited one, you have the rest of the year to visit in the other two!
The Prado is the best known. Since the gallery first opened almost two hundred years ago, its collections have grown. The best known works in this extravagant collection of masterpieces were already present in the original collection: Goya and Velázquez, Tizian, Rubens, and Bosch.
Address: Paseo del Prado s/n
Internet: www.museoprado.es

The Thyssen-bornemisza Museum
Complements the Thyssen Prado (and the Reina Sofia) with works representing 17th century Dutch painting, Impressionism, Russian Constructivism, and pop art, amongst other styles.
Address: Palacio de Villahermosa, Paseo del Prado 8

The Reina Sofia Museum
The third gallery in the trio, is housed in an enormous former hospital. The building dates from the mid-18th century, and, since, added striking glass and steel external lifts. The collection consists mainly of Spanish works from the 20th century—the most famous of which is without doubt, Picasso’s ’Guernica.’ Address: C/Santa Isabel 52
Internet: www.museoreinasofia.es

Palacio Real
Madrid’s Royal Palace is a magnificent creation dating from 1764, built to replace the Alcázar castle that had burned down thirty years before. Visitors are given access to almost the entire palace, inlcuding the Armoury and Pharmacy.
Address: Plaza de Oriente
Underground: Ópera
Phone: +34 914 548 800

El Escorial
The Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is located about 50 kilometers northwest of Madrid. It was founded by Felipe II, and was built to commemorate the victory at the Battle of San Quintín. The work began in 1563 and was finished by 1584. Its location is said to be decided on the advice of astrologers, doctors, philosophers, quarrymen, theologians and architects!
El Escorial was built on the idea of maintaining the symmetry and austerity, while also showing the power of the crown of Spain. It has many monuments, such as the servants quarters, the Queen’s quarters, the Infante’s (or Upper) house, and the Prince’s (or Lower) house. San Lorenzo de El Escorial is one of the most visited places in the Community of Madrid.
Price: From €8 (only entrance) to €10 (guided tour). Children under 5 free. On Wednesdays free entrance for European citizens.
Internet: www.sanlorenzoturismo.org

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