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A Visit to Madrid April 26, 2016

Posted by anagasto in art, building, painting, Spain.
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ocaña airfield glider….

Hot sun and fast moving clouds, clouds.

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map of madrid region

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You would probably first visit Aranjuez to see its palace and its famous  garden:

Aranjuez madrid park sculpture (C) MAO

>> >> Versión en español  >> >>> http://cantueso.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/visitar-madrid/

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Goya vaulting over a bull

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Bullfight : Madrid is the great Plaza, and the great fights are in May. The drawing is by Goya.

Madrid ring seen from top

See how small the bull looks?

That’s not the way you see it on TV, and that makes all the difference.

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Madrid north :

Can’t miss those towers representing the aesthetics of the Kuwait Investment Office..

kio towers Madrid Spain

TIME Magazine stated that the lean was “intentional”. The towers are probably not as dangerous as they look.

The above photo is no longer online, and in the Wikipedia photo below the towers seem to lean both ways, forwards and sideways.

It’s a grim sight, not for the faint of heart.

KIO towers Madrid Spain

Added December 2009:

Now Calatrava has set up a neat slender and simple gold obelisk between these two towers, and the obelisk is built to sway!

I have not yet found out whether it sways in the wind like a bamboo cane or whether there is a motor of some sort.

Nor whether it looks as slender and neat in fact as on the photo.

Obelisk by Calatrava

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The Prado Museum

Entrance to Prado museum Madrid

Many of the world’s most famous paintings are in Madrid, first of all Tiziano, Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Picasso, and Dalí.

At the Prado Museum the top hits are “The Garden of Delight” by Bosch and

Bruegel’s TheTriumph of Death where the dead individually and in large military formations advance against those who are still alive

Triumph of Death by Bruegel Madrid

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There is a great Tiziano

Carlos V by Tiziano

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but your guide will make you look longest at Verlazquez’  Las Meninas:

tourists at Las Meninas Prado museum Madrid.

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The Prado museum had to be enlarged and part of it is now under the church of Jerónimo:

Jerome church, Madrid, Spain, by MAO  (C) MAO

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Jerome church Madrid, Spain, by MAO

The Church of Jerome  — (C) MAO with permission

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The Thyssen Museum

2 minutes further down the avenue, the Thyssen has a Chagall :

Our Lady of the Village:

Chagall's Madonna Thyssen museum Madrid

Online, the Thyssen lets you see very large reproductions of their paintings. This Chagall is at http://www.museothyssen.org/en/thyssen/zoom_obra/447

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The Queen Sofia Museum

And in the north of Madrid, there is the Reina Sofia:

Tourists at Picasso's Guernica, Madrid, Spain

Picasso’s Guernica with several of the preparatory drawings he made for this painting;

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Dalí's Girl at Window, Queen Sofia museum Madrid

Dalí’s Girl at the Window. Photo by ghd

and some Miró:

Miró at Queen Sofia Museum Madrid

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Near the Prado museum there are great souvenir shops. This one decorated its upper floor windows with life sized figures of Madrid’s past:

Gift shop decor near Prado museum

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The Valley of the Fallen — El valle de los Caídos

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General Franco’s monument to the victims of his civil war.

The photo is by Caroline Angus Baker. There is a large version at http://carolineangusbaker.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/valle-caidos.jpg

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The Escorial

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El Escorial palace, Madrid, Spain

The Escorial is a palace, a monastery, a great landscape and a royal burial site. It was built by Philip II of Spain, the controversial king who ….

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piled up a big debt and for a while turned Spain into a world power : those green patches were all ruled by Spain.

Philip II of Spain had to declare four state bankruptcies, first in 1557, then in 1560, and finally again in 1575 and 1596.

Spain was the first sovereign nation in history to declare bankruptcy.

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roman aqueduct in segovia, Madrid, Spain …..

Segovia :

the aqueduct is 2000 years old and built without cement, without glue, without anything but stones to keep the stones from falling. All that to get a little water to your breakfast table!

Aqueduct in Segovia Madrid Spain

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city walls of Avila, Madrid, Spain ….

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avila spain city wall (C) jaro

Avila,

its city walls, its landscape, and its little restaurants where they serve lamb. By car it is about 40 minutes from Madrid and the highway is excellent. Saint Teresa lived and wrote there. —

And if you leave the highway, you’ll be welcome everywhere:

Goats greeting Madrid visitors (C) ghD

….a goat herder outside Madrid, Spain

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Segovia again :

the castle, the “Alcazar”, an Arab word like there are many in Spanish.

The Castle of Segovia, Madrid, Spain

The photo by Miguel303xm is under CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alc%C3%A1zar_de_Segovia_1-7-07.JPG

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The Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain

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The Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain

Madrid : the Royal Palace.

There are 2800 rooms, gardens, pictures, a library, but the King and his Queen
live at a villa outside Madrid —

La Zarzuela,  photographed by Mad about Madrid.com/guide/

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Royal residence named Zarzuela, Madrid, Spain

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Soria?  Burgos?

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romanesque-church-fassade Soria, Spain …..ghD

little Romanesque shrine Soria, Spain ghD

A famous fassade, and a little old shrine in the middle of nowhere with nothing and nobody to protect it from thieves.

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Toledo!

Alcazar fortress of Toledo, Spain by Diliff

Even Rilke thought that Toledo was the most beautiful of cities, and Australian photographer David Diliff made one of his most famous photos there:

Toledo Spain skyline by Diliff

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There is something dramatic and showy about all great Spanish things. It is in the Quixote, in Dalí, in their climate and all over in their architecture, art, landscape, politics, opinions, gestures, and even in their clouds.

madrid Spain country road and floweres (c) jaro

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Madrid country road with poppies (c) jaro with permission

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olive plantation madrid, Spain (c) jaro

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Madrid summer crowd by Rapha Wuensch

Madrid is loved or hated for its “ambiente“, in summer very pronounced as a rather loud, but mostly festive noise of crowds all day and most of the night in streets, bars, parks, all over, all ages, rich and not so rich, everybody.

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Go downtown to the Gran Via

 Madrid Gran Vía in summer

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and to Columbus Square

Tourist bus Columbus Square Madrid Spain (c) MAO

and from there

to the Plaza Mayor, the beautiful old town square..

800px-Plaza_Mayor_de_Madrid_06

The photo by Sebastian Dubiel is under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Plaza_Mayor_de_Madrid_06.jpg

Do you prefer the subway?

Below is your  map. Notice that most of the lines run through the Sol station so that you can never get lost :

Madrid Spain subway system map

…. and  your phrase list:

English and Spanish phrase list

The subway stations are easy to find:

Subway station downtown Madrid, Spain …. …. Chueca Subway station downtown Madrid, Spain …. …. City Center Subway station Madrid, Spain

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newsstand drawing by Raphael Wuensch

The Madrid drawing and the kiosko are by Rafa Wünsch at Hinternet .

And for a rest remember Madrid’s great old park, the Retiro, below with its little lake:

Central park lake Retiro Madrid, Spain

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Central park lake Retiro Madrid, Spain

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where you might see the world’s only statue to the Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel monument Retiro park Madrid Spain

The photo by Kurnosem was published under the CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AngelCaidoFallenAngelPSDHDR.png.
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If you are still at the Retiro Park, go and see this singular Benllure: General Martinez Campos

…. …general Martinez Campos Madrid park

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There are very few sculptures that tell a story from so many angles:

general Martinez Campos Madrid park

The picture by Daderot is in public domain. There is a free 3 mega version at http://upload.wikimedia.org/.
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The Temple of Debod

Long ago, under Franco, Spain helped Egypt salvage its monuments when the Nile dam was being projected, and in return Egypt gave Spain The Temple of Debod:

TemploDeDebod

http://webdax.homepage.t-online.de/GPSGuideMadrid/

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The name “Madrid” is from Arabic Majrítis. The Arabs ruled large parts of Spain for almost 800 years.

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One last photo.

Many  tourists think this must be Madrid’s cathedral.

No, it isn’t.

It is Cibeles

You would have seen it on TV when Real Madrid celebrate one of their victories

Cibeles Madrid

Madrid never had a cathedral until very recently. Above is their former post office. A swanky place!  Maybe it is a little more functional inside.

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The best site to see all of Madrid with photos and GPS positioning is at

http://webdax.homepage.t-online.de/GPSGuideMadrid/

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Comments»

1. David - June 1, 2008

Ah cantueso! I like the photos. This post is my sort of style, but less random. Did you take any of the pix? It doesn’t matter … I like them all. Especially the one of Toledo. And the one of the sheep grazing is nice too. We had sheep when my kids were young. My wife used to sheer them. Her back ached for a day or two afterward. It really made one appreciate the skill of an expert. We used to hire this old fellow from town who would sheer each one for $5 each. It took him about 7 minutes and the fleece would come off in one piece.

2. cantueso - June 2, 2008

Most of the photos are from Wiki, and some are from a friend of mine. I have never used a camera.

Wiki has a picture section, not really new, but I think largely unknown and still poorly organized, where photographers “release” their work into the “public domain” so that you can get beautiful pictures for free without having to worry about copyrights.

3. stella35 - July 5, 2008

I believe that you forgot the Escorial which to the best of my knowledge belongs to the region of Madrid and is known because of the king who ordered a stone chair to be set up nearby so that he could watch it while it was being built.

4. Kings (aka Reyes) - July 6, 2008

Isn’t it interesting how little travelers remember of the places they visited. If they go to Rome, they’ll remember the waiter. If they went to Mexico, they’ll remember the airport; if they go to Spain and see the Escorial, they’ll remember only that stone chair in the hill. I believe they would learn and remember much more if they stayed at home and searched the net for good photography.

5. Kings (aka Reyes) - July 6, 2008

But I agree with Stella, and you’ll have to add a photo of the Escorial. Actually, you could simply take away one of those airplanes; or are you advertising for that airfield? The photo of the Soria church is “genial” as they say here.

6. cantueso - July 6, 2008

To Stella 35:
Thank you for the reminder.

7. enghtj55 - October 21, 2008

You forgot the Plaza Mayor! It is the neatest thing in Madrid, especially at night in summer, but also in winter, as I seem to remember.

8. cantueso - October 21, 2008

Here is a good photo of the “Plaza Mayor”, meaning the town square. It would be nicer with a lot of sun and all the tables and sun shades out .

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10. unjubilado - August 1, 2010

Bonita manera de promocionar Madrid y sus ciudades aledañas.
Me han gustado las fotos y he recordado viejos tiempos paseando por muchas de tus imágenes.

11. citycat - January 18, 2011

You seem to have forgotten the Reinas Sofia. There are some Picassos. The Guernica is there plus two or three early Dalís that you surely would not want to miss.

cantueso - March 8, 2011

Thanks for telling me. As you can see now I put in some photos. They are mine, though I did not make them.


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