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.