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Architecture of Madrid

09 December 2009

1643 – Palacio de Santa Cruz, Madrid

Architect: Juan Bautista Crescendi The Palacio de Santa Cruz was built between 1629 and 1643 by Juan Bautista Crescendi. The palace originally served as the royal prison. Many waited here for the verdict...

09 December 2009

1755 – Palacio Real, Madrid

Architect: Juan Bautista Sachetti Although the Royal family do not reside here, the Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid) remains the official residence of the Spanish monarchy and is used for...

09 December 2009

1769 – Puerta de Alcala, Madrid

Architect: Francisco Sabatini The Puerta de Alcalá was originally constructed in 1599 to welcome doà±a Margarita de Austria (wife of King Felipe III) to Madrid. Unfortunately, what was good enough for doà±a Margarita...

09 December 2009

1790 – Casa de la Panaderia, Madrid

The Plaza Mayor stands where Arab merchants once set up an extensive marketplace of stalls on the bed of a dry lake outside the city walls of Madrid. In the sixteenth century, Philip...

09 December 2009

1850 – Teatro Real, Madrid

Architect: Cuatodio Moreno Madrid’s Teatro Real on the Plaza de Oriente is the home of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra and Choir as well as invited soloists, conductors and visiting opera companies from around...

09 December 2009

1887 – Mausoleum of Alfonso XII, Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid

Architect: Ricardo Velázquez Bosco Within the park is the Estanque del Retiro, a large artificial lake. Next to the lake is the Mausoleum of Alfonso XII, featuring a semicircular collonade and a statue...

09 December 2009

1887 – Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid

Architect: Ricardo Velázquez Bosco The Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) is a large and popular, 140 hectare park in Madrid, Spain not far from the Prado Museum. Once outside...

09 December 2009

1892 – Atocha Railway Station, Madrid

Architect: Alberto de Palacio Elissagne & Gustave Eiffel The station was Madrid’s first railway station. It was inaugurated on 9 February 1851 under the name Estación de Mediodía (South Station). After the building...

09 December 2009

1917 – Palacio de Comunicaciones, Madrid

Architect: Antonio Palacios The most prominent of the buildings at the Plaza de Cibeles is the Palacio de Comunicaciones. The cathedral-like landmark was built between 1905 and 1917 by Antonio Palacios as the...

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