The 10 sights you should not miss on your visit to Madrid

In order to improve your holiday in Madrid, it is very useful to browse through the websites specializing in tourism and to plan what you want to see while you spend your time in a nice apartment in Madrid. Do you want to visit museums, go shopping, go out and explore the stunning scenery surrounding the Spanish capital? No matter what your answer to that question is, undoubtedly you should spend at least one or two evenings admiring the architectural and sculptural monuments that define the urban landscape of Madrid. If you want to find the alternatives to what you have already planned, we offer a list and a short description of the sights you cannot miss during your visit to Madrid.

1. The Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid is now the official residence of His Majesty the King of Spain. The royal family lives in the Zarzuela Palace which is located on the outskirts of Madrid. However, the Royal Palace is still home of the festivals and official ceremonies. It is commonly called Palacio de Oriente, which is the consequence of confusion due to the proximity of the Plaza de Oriente, located on the east side of the Palace. This is a very old building, which dates back to the ninth century when a fort was built by the Caliph of Toledo, and later, in the sixteenth century, the kings of Castile built the Alcázar in this place. When the Palace was destroyed due to a fire in 1734, King Philip V decided to build a castle worthy of the dynasty. This long history is reflected in both the exterior and the interior, and its exquisite decor is what makes the Royal Palace of Madrid to be considered as one of the finest and most beautiful palaces in Europe. For tourists visiting Madrid, this is a monument that cannot be missed and you may spend up to an hour admiring its architecture before even starting a proper tour inside the palace. Inside, each room has its own story. Particularly spectacular are the Throne Hall and the Royal Armories, sites that show the history of the place. The Armory displays the history of firearms from the fifteenth century, with short and long guns, and even canons. It is advisable to purchase tickets in advance if you want to visit the Royal Palace of Madrid to order to take the most out of the time that you plan to spend on travel this amazing monument.

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The official website of the Royal Palace of Madrid: useful for checking schedules, routes and prices.
http://www.patrimonionacional.es/real-sitio/palacios/6039

2. The Puerta del Sol

The Puerta del Sol is perhaps one of the greatest locals emblems. Its long history dating back to the eighteenth century gives meaning to this destination as kilometer zero of the capital and of Spain, i.e. the point where all paths start and converge. It has been the scene of major historical events, such as the start of the rebellion against the Napoleonic invasion on May 2, 1808 and the proclamation of the Second Republic in 1931. Closer in time, in 1997, a million of people from Madrid marched there to protest against violence and terrorism. The Puerta del Sol is formed by an oval square surrounded by historic buildings from the eighteenth century. In the center of the square you can admire the famous “El Oso de Madrid”, a statue symbol of the city of Madrid. It is the meeting place and traditional meeting point for all the locals who are used to always welcome the New Year with great festivities on this location.

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The official website about Tourism in Madrid, dedicated to the Puerta del Sol
http://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/puerta-del-sol/

3. The Temple of Debod

This is where ancient Egypt is located in the heart of the Spanish capital. The Temple of Debod is an incredible opportunity to be transported in time and space and take advantage of the presence of an incredible and authentic Egyptian monument in the middle of Spain. This monument, which dates back 2000 years in time, is a site where Pharaohs walked to make offerings to their gods. Visiting the Temple of Debod offers various opportunities, including admiring the city from the viewpoint of the gardens, thanks to its location in the Principe Pio Mountains, from which you can admire much of Madrid’s urban landscape, as well as visiting other exceptional sites located nearby, such as a tour to the mythical rocks that were transported in 1970 to Spain, but were previously located near the Nile river. According to historical records, the shrine was built as a chapel in honor of the god -sun Ammon. Is there a better way to see an amazing sunset Madrid since this ancient Egyptian temple?

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The official site dedicated to the Temple of Debod
http://templodedebod.memoriademadrid.es/eng/index.html

4. The Puerta de Alcalá

Alcala Gate is a symbol of Madrid, and it is a monument worthy of admiration with its beautiful and smooth neoclassical architecture. It is located in the central area, and it is close to Retiro Park, plus all the ornaments adorning this location make this famous Triumphal gate a place tourists must not pass through during their visit to the Spanish capital.

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Tourist information about the Puerta de Alcalá
http://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/puerta-de-alcala/

5. Plaza de la Villa

Speaking of beautiful places, Madrid is undoubtedly one of the most successful cities in this regard. Among these, the Plaza de la Villa is one of the most beautiful. It is surrounded by buildings that exemplify the Spanish baroque of the seventeenth century, recognizable by its use of bricks, rocks and iron. On one side there is the old town hall, an exuberant Baroque style building Habsburg; secondly, there is the House Lujanes with its legendary brick tower. It is said that this is where King Francis I of France was captured in the sixteenth century. Finally, on the other side there is the Casa de Cisneros with Renaissance visual details representing real pleasure. You should round up this tour that takes us to Madrid’s medieval past, with the monument Marino Álvaro de Bazán, worth admiring, located opposite the Casa de Cisneros.

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Amazing House Lujanes
http://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/plaza-de-la-villa/

6. Monastery of Barefoot Royals

It is impossible to list the monuments of Madrid without mentioning a sacred or religious monument. In this case, we will speak of the Monastery of Barefoot Royals. This monastery dates back to 1559. Originally inhabited by women of high aristocracy, it was filled through the centuries with treasures such as jewelry, paintings and religious relics. Thanks to these treasures, the convent was rich. Yet, for the mid-twentieth century, the inhabitants were very poor women. Despite the wealth contained in the convent, the nuns were forbidden to benefit from these treasures. The Spanish State intervened and as a result, the convent was opened as a museum since the early sixties. This mysterious space is still inhabited by nuns barefoot and silent, but you can admire pieces containing relics of the Holy Cross and bones of St. Sebastian. Also, you can admire paintings by different artists, plus tapestry inspired by drawings Rubens. A monument to the once sacred and aesthetic wealth is a complete visit.

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Tourist information of the Monastery of Barefoot Royals
http://www.patrimonionacional.es/real-sitio/monasterios/6095

7. Bank of Spain

An amazing monument and an example of nineteenth-century Spanish architecture, is undoubtedly the building of the Bank of Spain. This building is a landmark and it has been enlarged several times. It features a French style, especially visible in front, but its successive restorations (1884, 1891, 2003, 2006) have given a monumental air, and although it can only be admired on the outside, you might enjoy elements of Carrara marble and stained glass windows, besides the ornaments that discreetly refer to Mercury, the God of Commerce.

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The headquarters of the Bank of Spain
http://www.bde.es/bde/es/Home/Videos/Visita_virtual__89c260c2da0a741.html

8. The Four Towers

When it comes to exploring the urban landscape and monuments in Madrid, not all of the recommendations are the ancient monuments. We also have stunning works of modern architecture, for example, the complex colloquially called The Four Towers in Madrid. This set represents the modern and futuristic side of Madrid. Its construction began in 2004 and the towers were opened between 2004 and 2009, reaching its highest capacity occupation in 2010. That same site was occupied by the former Ciudad Deportiva of Real Madrid, and now in addition to the four impressive constructions, you can enjoy different gardens and green areas. We will specify the characteristics of each tower and those are:

La Torre Sacyr is a unique work of Spanish architect involved in the project, Carlos Rubio Carbajal. It is 236 meters high and it is a building with many uses. Its structure is noted for its brilliant blackness and cylindrical form. It has 53 floors, 17 of which are used as offices and two thirds that are closer to the ground floor are occupied by the Eurostars Madrid Tower.

La Torre Espacio was designed by Pei Cobb Freed, and it has a futuristic design with geometric curves and radial segmentation. It is 230 meters tall and it has 57 floors, all dedicated to offices of great stature and embassies.

La Torre Caja Madrid is 250 meters high which makes it the tallest building in Spain. Its facade is made of some Lego blocks and this makes it unique and special. It was designed by Foster & Partners, with a rectangular arch structure and highly efficient in energy issues. Thanks to its location from its windows you can see breathtaking scenery of the Sierra de Guadarrama.

La Torre de Cristal, built by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, is 249 meters tall and it has 52 floors, plus a beautifully twisted obelisk. Both its form and glossy exterior gives a special aura, so it seems as a long glittering diamond sculpture against the sky. It has the largest vertical garden in Europe, and it is also building focused on energy efficiency.

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The official Blog of The Four Towers of Madrid
http://www.torresmadrid.com/blog/

9. The Equestrian Statue of Philip IV

As we already mentioned, there are numerous charming places in Madrid that are a delight for any lover of the monuments and the urban landscape. In one of these squares, at the “Plaza Oriente” (which in fact is not on the east side of town, but on the contrary), located opposite the Royal Palace, there is a sculptural monument which defines Madrid, almost as much as famous statue of Cibeles, where fans of Spanish soccer team celebrate their team victories. We are talking about the Equestrian Statue of Philip IV. What is special about this sculpture is that the Italian artist Pietro Tacca, the manager of the transaction, created it by echoing the portrait of the monarch that had been made by Diego Velázquez, and which can be seen in the Museo del Prado. The intent of King Philip IV, when ordering such work was to exceed such sculpture bearing the likeness of his father. A competition of greatness that was his intention resulted in beautifying Madrid.

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More information about this Equestrian Statue on the blog “Art and Iconography”
http://www.arteiconografia.com/2013/06/la-estatua-ecuestre-de-felipe-iv.html

10. Sculpture by Fernando Botero

Again demonstrating the cosmopolitan character of the city of Madrid, we have decided to close this selection of monuments with sculptures of famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero. After his 1994 exhibition of the Paseo de la Castellana, the city of Madrid decided to preserve some of the exhibits by renowned sculptor. These works are “The Hand” located in the center of the Castellana, the “Woman with Mirror” on Genoa Street and the “Man on a Mule” in Plaza Colón. These sculptures, with the traditional and majestic volume given by Botero, adorn Madrid along with many other monuments. The truth is that it is impossible to limit the list to only ten, since it is a city that shines with its urban landscape and works of architects and sculptors who have enriched the city over the centuries.

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Woman with the Mirror by Botero, a renowned outdoor sculpture that adorns Madrid
http://www.abc.es/local-madrid/20130522/abci-diez-esculturas-madrid-201305201841_1.html

Tourism: The Four Fountains of Madrid

As we have mentioned here on the blog Apartamentos Mayor Centro, Madrid is a city that has everything. It is a city where you can enjoy taking different types of routes, and enjoy different places.

The holiday in apartments in Madrid gives you a unique opportunity to visit amazing, beautiful, simple and lovely places.

One of these sites is definitely the place popularly called “The Four Fountains” among the locals. This small group of fountains is a gold brooch next to the Paseo del Prado, accompanied by the great fountains nearby, Cibeles, Apollo and Neptune.

We can find the fountains in front of the entrance to the Botanical Garden. Returning to the allegory of the “gold brooch”, it is interesting that in Madrid these fountains are also called “4 of gold”, since if seen from above, this location has the same layout as coins of the letter in the Spanish cards.

These are simple fountains that are supposed to beautify the garden’s entrance, which means they do not have specific symbolism and are there just for aesthetic reasons.

However, they are not a recent addition to this important tourist corridor Madrid, since their original design is from the year 1781, in which they were created by Ventura Rodríguez. His designs were realized by Roberto Michel, Alfonso Giraldo and Francisco Gutiérrez Bergaz, although unfortunately it is unknown who of them created each of the fountains.

In the bottom of the four fountains there are lions, allegorical representation of the Spanish monarchy, and are topped with a mermaid or a merman holding or accompanied by a dolphin. Styles vary, but the main idea remains.

It is very interesting that these motifs from Greek mythology have become so used in the traditional architecture of Madrid, and now many people continue to create an idea about this wonderful city through these the imaginary parts.

These four fountains or “fuentecillas”, as we affectionately call them, referring to their small size compared to other great fountains in Madrid have become part of Madrid’s traditional celebrations such as Carnival, the feast of St. Peter or the night of St. Juan, when we can observe the fusion of traditional architecture and culture with urban folklore and customs.

As you can see, this little detail of Madrid’s cityscape is just one of the treasures that you will discover when you walk the streets of this great city thanks to the convenient location of apartments in Madrid you have chosen as accommodation for your stay in the Spanish capital.

Chueca District in Madrid

Madrid is the largest city in Spain, and the third largest city in Europe. The city area is divided into 21 districts which are then divided into smaller wards, called barrios in Spanish. If you have to find where to stay in Madrid, you should have some basic knowledge about the districts, as each one has something distinctive.

This is especially important if you are going to spend quite some time in the city, which is usually the case if you are in the city for business. Hence, finding business accommodation Madrid should involve a little bit of research of the part of the city in which you are going to stay.

Chueca is a neighborhood particularly popular among gay community in Madrid. The neighborhood is part of the Justicia ward, in the district Centro in Madrid. The district was named after Federico Chueca, a Spanish composer who died at the beginning of the 20th century. He is especially known as a composer of Zarzuelas, a genre of Spanish lyric-dramatic songs that combine speaking, singing and dancing.

Chueca is in the northern part of the old part of the city, with lots of shops and street cafes. Chueca, as well as other neighborhoods in the central district, such as Ópera and Antón Martín are known as the places of bohemian culture. Alternative art exhibitions and festivals are common forms of entertainments among the visitors of the local bohemian cafes and galleries. This is also the place where you can find contemporary artists and writers, who enjoy spending time in a bohemian like atmosphere.

This part of the city is also popular when it comes to nightlife which is one of the city’s attractions. There are a lot of cafes, bars and nightclubs with a variety of music shows and events. One of the things that makes Madrid’s nightlife such an attraction is the fact that parties start rather late, usually around midnight and they last until the morning hours. So do not be surprised if you end up returning around five or six in the morning from a party.

Chueca is an important center of gay culture, featuring a lot of LGBT places, such as shops, cafes, etc. It was on this location that the Gay Pride in 2007 took place and turned into one of the biggest festivals of this kind n the world. There are other festivals, conferences and events organized to promote the LGBT community. In addition, there are a lot of designer shops and jewelry stores in this area.

Besides gay community, this area is also popular among tourists, as well as among business professionals, being near the center and Madrid’s landmarks, such as Gran Via. The closeness of the Gran Via, a popular shopping area makes this part of the city quite busy. There are two popular squares in Chueca district in Madrid that you can visit, while in this part of the city. Those are la Plaza del Rey and la Plaza Vázquez de Mella.

Visiting el Parque del Retiro in Madrid

If you enjoy nature, but you still want to visit a large, urban city, you should consider visiting the capital city of Spain. Madrid is internationally famous tourist destination, mainly because it offers a lot of opportunities for sightseeing, eating out and other leisure activities.

But before you set out to enjoy on your vacation, you should make sure that you leave your things to safety. When it comes to accommodation, finding Madrid apartments to rent will not be difficult, as you can find a lot of details using the internet. In this way, you get to check out the offer and compare both the prices and the comfort you can find.

There are a lot of parks in Madrid that you can visit. In fact, they say that you cannot walk more than fifteen minutes without running into a park or green surface. One of the most famous parks in Madrid is Retiro Park, in Spanish el Parque del Retiro. Besides being the most famous park and one of the most popular attractions in Madrid, this is also one of the largest parks in the city.

Even though some parts of the park were built in late 15th century, the expansion of the park was conducted in the second half of the 16th century under the instruction of King Philip II. The architect Juan Bautista de Toledo was in charge of park’s design at the time.

The 17th century brought more expansions, as well as new architects who worked on this project. Several buildings were added as a part of the park, and two of them still exist in the park today. Those are Casón del Buen Retiro and Salón de Reinos. Although the buildings were erected later on, the pond Estanque del Retiro was in the park much earlier.

The park has become an important center of social gathering of court life at the time. During 18th century the influence of French style was evident. In the end of 18th century, an Astronomical Observatory was built. During the 19th century, new trees were added in order to accompany the existing landscape of the park. It belonged to Spanish royal family until the second half of the 19th century when it was turned into a public park.

Besides the pond, park has many other features, including the Rosaleda Rose garden, the Fountain of the Fallen Angel, remains of Buen Retiro Palace, etc. One of the most important buildings in the park is Crystal Palace. This splendid construction, built under the influence of the Crystal Palace in London, is built next to the artificial pond. In the past it was used to display different species of flora and fauna from across the globe, but today, the building is completely renovated and used as the place to organize art exhibitions. Since it has become a public area, the park has been used as a center of various different venues, including exhibitions, street performances, guided tours, concerts, etc.

Madrid Apartments: An Opportunity to Enjoy Amazing Architectural Gems

Here at Apartments Madrid we are giving you the chance to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and to show you that one tour can help you explore unusual and amazing architectural gems.

Let’s start by mentioning a building which is one of the most important pieces of architecture: the Church of San Manuel and San Benito. This is a nice church that is located across the Retiro Park in Alcala Street. This church combines and contrasts the beauty of nature from the Retiro Park, wonderful design and human touch. It was built between 1902 and 1910. It has a beautiful Italian style facade, and it is built with classic cross design, with an inner dome depicting the four evangelists. The altar is white and it is really dazzling. We can also find two crypts inside. This kind of visit is priceless.

We go on with religious architecture by suggesting a visit to the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. This is a church decorated with great wealth and it can be found on the Alcalde Sainz de Baranda calla near Menéndez Pelayo Street, diagonally opposite the Retiro Park. It can even be visited at night. During the night visit, the church gets the modern architectural design with triangular shape due to the lighting, which really looks great. We should not confuse this with the military Cathedral of the Armed Forces, which is also dedicated to the Holy Sacrament, and it represents another architectural site we could visit in Madrid.

On the other hand, we can visit the Arab House, located at 62 Calle Alcalá. This construction represents a haven of peace in a hectic world. This beautiful building was a school in the past and now houses a branch of the Spanish Agency for International Development, whose goals are to strengthen the bilateral relations between Spain and the Arab-Muslim world. It has a library with books in Arabic and Spanish.

Furthermore, we have the building housing the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the Avenue of the city of Barcelona. What is impressive about this building is its facade and statues on the roof. In the back, you can see many decorative tiles, columns, which represent a sample of the great cultural heritage of this magnificent city.

If you have enjoyed this facade tiles, there is another architectural site in the city, luxuriously decorated in this type of material: the Palacio de Velázquez. This building, built in 1883, has a beautiful facade with a geometrical work in blue and white. A building near this palace, located in the vicinity of the Retiro Park, is the Crystal Palace, a greenhouse of exotic flowers built in 1887. It also has a detailed tile work with images of flowers, foliage and small animals.

The most impressive thing is that all these buildings are merely a sample of the fantastic examples of architectural designs which can be enjoyed as you walk along the streets of Madrid.

The Monument to Philip IV in Madrid

Madrid is a popular tourist destination regardless of the time of the year. Nice weather during the entire year is perfect for sightseeing during an enjoyable visit. What make Madrid so popular are numerous cultural sites and historic monuments that represent city’s history.

Since this is a large metropolitan city, visited by millions of tourists every year, there are plenty accommodation facilities to host the tourists, in different parts of the city. You will not have trouble finding Madrid apartments for rent using the Internet.

With plenty of monuments and museums, you will spend a lot of time sightseeing. One of the places you should visit is the Monument to Philip IV. Located in the Plaza de Oriente in Madrid, this monument was built during the first half of the 19th century.

The monument was built in the memory of King Philip IV of Spain, who was on the throne during 17th century. He is mainly remembered as patronage of the arts. Queen Isabella II was the one to instruct the construction of the monument during her ruling in 19th century.

The grand opening of the monument was organized on the 17th of November 1843. Even though the monument was placed in the center of the square during the construction that took place in 19th century, the statue itself was made in 17th century by an Italian sculptor. Pietro Tacca is the sculpture who built the statue of bronze, which represented Philip IV on his horse. The influence of Baroque style is visible on this statue, as well as on other works of this Italian sculptor.

The Plaza de Oriente is in a rectangular shape, and there are several parts including the gardens, the monument to Philip IV and the statues of Spanish kings.

The appearance of the square changed over the years. Naturally, the statue took up a central place, but originally, there were 44 additional statues located on the square, presenting Spanish monarch. In 1927, the number of statues was reduces to 20. Today, the gardens are especially designed to accompany the statue, following the Baroque style, and the design you can see at the moment was created back in 1941. Besides the central garden, there are two more gardens: Jardines del cabo Noval, mainly comprised of banana trees and located in the northern part of the square, and Jardines de Lepanto located in the south.

Being placed in the Plaza de Oriente, the monument is an important part of Madrid’s historic center, which is visited by most tourists. In addition, the monument to Philip IV is located between two important buildings in Madrid. The Palacio Real is on the west side of the monument, while el Teatro Real is on the east. Due to this position, this monument is something you should not miss while visiting Madrid. It is recommended that you include this monument during your visit to other nearby landmarks.

Plaza Mayor Square in Madrid

Holiday season is the time when we all look for a perfect destination in order to spend a couple of days away from the everyday chores and responsibilities. If the destination of your choice happens to be the capital city of Spain, the first thing you should do is to make a reservation for holiday apartments Madrid. You want to make sure that you find the perfect accommodation for your holiday, and reservation is necessary due to a huge number of visitors in the city, especially during the holiday season.

When you decide to go and explore Madrid on foot, we recommend you start from Plaza Mayor square. Not only is this an impressive square, a valuable symbol of history, but it is also one of the favorite meeting points. Located near other landmarks of Spanish capital, this square is a good starting point for sightseeing of Madrid.

The constructions of the square started during the reign of Philip III in the late 16th century by a Classical architect Juan de Herrera. The project by the original design was finished in 1617 by the architect Juan Gómez de Mora. However, Juan de Villanueva is the architect responsible for the look of the square we can see today, as he was in charge of a major reconstruction in 1790, after the old square was destroyed by fires.

The original name of the square was Plaza del Arrabal, but the name changed frequently over the history. Some of the names were Plaza de la Constitución, Plaza Real, Plaza de la República, until the name Plaza Mayor was adopted after the Spanish Civil War was over. In the similar way, the use of the square changed over the years. It hosted numerous events including bullfights, public executions during the Spanish inquisition and local markets. Today, one of the most important events held on the Plaza Mayor square is celebrations for San Isidro, the Madrid’s patron.

Surrounded by the three-story buildings, the Plaza Mayor is rectangular in shape with balconies facing the Plaza. Remarkable red facades create an impressive outline, which is why the square is so popular among tourists. Nine entrances lead inside the square which is full of small restaurants and cafes located inside the buildings surrounding the square. This is a perfect atmosphere for you to spend an afternoon, drinking coffee and enjoying your holiday. In the central point of the square there is the bronze statue of King Philip III, created by Jean Boulogne and Pietro Tacca in the honor of the king who initiated the construction of this square. There are guided tours starting from Plaza Mayor, which include nearby landmarks such as Puerta del Sol, Teatro Real, Plaza de Oriente, Almudena Cathedral, St. Michael’s Basilica, etc. Besides the cafes and restaurants inside the square, there are lots of them in the nearby area, as this part of the city is favorite place for tourists who chose Madrid as their holiday destination.

Almudena Cathedral

Having an apartment rental Madrid for a weekend gives you many opportunities for having fun, learning and discovery. For those people passionate about the architectural heritage and religious or sacred art in Madrid, it will be inevitable to visit the Almudena Cathedral, or in Spanish Catedral de la Almudena.

Looking back in history, we can detect the importance of this cathedral in the city of Madrid. Not long after Philip II ascended the throne and declared Madrid the capital of Spain in 1561, he expressed his desire to have a cathedral for his new capital. However, partly because of the political difficulties and the great power exercised by the archdiocese of the mighty city of Toledo, the construction of such work did not begin for many years.

It was not until 1868 when a devout congregation of la Virgen de la Almudena, the patron saint of the city, received authorization from the archdiocese to build a church in her honor.

Construction began in 1883, just a year before Madrid acquired the rank of archdiocese of Pope Leo XIII’s hands. All these events resulted in the building becoming a great cathedral rather than a simple church. The design of the Marqués de Cubas was a neo-gothic, grand and fabulous style with a basic design in the shape of a Latin cross.

Despite the support received for the construction of the Cathedral, the construction was slow and conducted in phases. Paradoxically, the construction was over during the war which ended in the early period of the thirties. Later in the forties, the neoclassical style of Royal Palace demanded modifications on the Cathedral in order to acquire a more aesthetic and uniform cityscape. The architects Fernando Chueca Goitia and Carlos Sidro were responsible for the design changes to adapt the Cathedral to more classic style.

If we say that the Cathedral was completed in 1993, we can see that it took more than a century to construct it, but it was definitely worth it. The building is an amazing construction and it undoubtedly dominates the urban landscape despite being next to the beautiful Royal Palace. Inside, you can see a statue of la Virgen de la Almudena, superbly decorated and located on the richly ornamented altar. Likewise, it is essential to visit the crypt, which is breathtaking with its neo Roman dome.

Teleférico – Cable Car in Madrid

There are many different tours around Madrid where you visit Madrid’s landmarks, but what makes sightseeing from El Teleférico unique is the amazing view of the city. El Teleférico is the cable car system in Madrid, offering rides which starts at Paseo del Pintor Rosales and ends at la Casa de Campo. Both of these places have terminals with restaurants, cafes and parking lot for the visitors.

The company Teleférico de Rosales acquired the land in the mid 1960s to start construction. The cable car was built by Swiss company and the inauguration was organized in 1969.

Nowadays, the system has two cables with 80 cabins, each admitting up to five people. The distance between the two centers of cable car system is 2.5 kilometers. Depending on the position of the landscape beneath, the height of the constructions reaches up to forty meters. El Teleférico can accept up to 1,200 passangers per hours. It is estimated that there has been five millions trips since the opening, and more than 150,000 people visit El Teleférico de Madrid each year.

Traveling at speed of 3.5 meters per second, the cable car needs approximately eleven minutes to take the journey from one station to the other. This journey enables you to see the city from a completely new perspective. As the ride starts at Paseo del Pintor Rosales, you will be crossing over the River Manzanares, until you reach la Casa de Campo Park. Along the way you will see the Parque del Oeste Park with La Rosaleda, the Almudena Cathedral, the Torrespaña communication tower, the Royal Palace, and many other landmarks.

You will also see the surrounding neighborhoods, with lots of residential buildings. Since lots of tourists like to stay near the city center and near the important sites of the city, there are lots of apartments rent Madrid, in these neighborhoods. In addition, both starting and end points of the cable car ride are equipped with facilities which include restaurants and cafes, along with the amazing view from the tower. The terrace of the Teleférico Restaurant, located on the top floor of the Casa de Campo Station, is particularly interesting, as it offers panoramic view of Madrid.

The opening hours depend on the season of the year, with summer being the time of the year when El Teleférico de Madrid is opened the longest. During July, August and up to mid September, El Teleférico is opened every day between 11 am and 9 pm. In general, the opening hour is usually from 11 or 12 in the morning, during the entire year, but the working hours are shorter during winter for example. Occasionally, El Teleférico might be closed for the visitors, so you should check the online schedule. It is also possible to buy tickets online. Besides the rides, El Teleférico organizes events for children as a part of their school trips. In addition, the Teleférico restaurant offers the possibility for organizing different kinds of celebrations and events, including corporate events.

The Museum National Art Center Reina Sofia

There are many things to do in Madrid. You can play, learn, explore, discover. After you make reservation for apartments in Madrid, you are opening the door to an incredible season in one of the best cosmopolitan cities in Europe.

One of the things that distinguish this city is the large number of museums, art galleries and places to visit. Without doubt, the Reina Sofia Art Center deserves an honorable mention on this list.

The building that houses the National Museum has a long history. In 1566, King Philip II ordered all city hospitals to be unified into a single building, and this building was renamed “General Hospital”. By the late eighteenth century, however, the need for a larger hospital was undeniable.

Between 1776 and 1781, the new building was constructed by the architect Francisco Sabatini, under the orders of King Carlos III.

Since then, there have been numerous additions and renovations, and the original hospital barely escaped being demolished several times, as many considered it to be old and unattractive. However, in 1977, it was declared as a national historic building.

Thereafter, it began the transformation of the building into a museum. The architect Antonio Fernández Alba renewal designed circa 1980, almost ten years after José Luis Iñiguez de Onzoño and Antonio Vázquez de Castro took charge of giving the final touches. Thanks to the steel and glass elevators, the building feels both classic and modern.

In those years, the building housed a temporary exhibition, but later, as instructed by royal decree, it was designated as a national museum and went on to replace the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art.

Today, this museum is a prestigious modern art museum nationally and internationally, since houses an impressive collection of works of the twentieth century, including works by prestigious Spanish artists such as Miró, Dalí and Picasso. In fact, one of the most famous works of the latter painter is located here: Guernica.

So when you’re in Madrid, remember to write down your list of places you must not miss and to add this amazing museum to the list. You must not miss the opportunity to walk the halls, visit his amazing bibliographic heritage and enjoy in its architecture. Remember that no matter what the reason is behind your visit to the Spanish capital, it would be unforgivable to end your trip without visiting the museum and other architectural and artistic gems the city has to offer.