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PUERTA DEL SOL Antiguamente, se emplazaba aquí, una de las puertas de acceso a Madrid, de ahí, su nombre y en ella podréis encontrar algunos de los puntos y edificios más significativos de la capital.

FUENTE DE LA CIBELES It is the most famous fountain in Madrid, located in the Plaza de Cibeles, on Alcalá street. It represents Cybele, goddess of fertility, on a chariot pulled by lions.

PLAZA MAYOR There is a statue of Felipe III. You can enjoy very picturesque bars and taverns under the porticoes. Buildings such as the Casa de la Panadería (Bakery House) and the Casa de la Carnicería (Butcher's House) stand out.

PALACIO REAL It is probably Madrid's greatest heritage attraction. It is the official residence of the King and Queen of Spain and is considered the largest royal palace in Western Europe due to its size. It houses an important artistic and historical heritage: paintings by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Rubens and Caravaggio.

MUSEO DEL PRADO Probably the biggest tourist attraction in Madrid and one of the most important museums in the world. It stands out for the works of the great European masters, such as Velázquez, Titian, Goya and Rubens. Other important collections are those of El Greco, Raphael, Tintoretto, Murillo, Van Dyck and Bosch.

PUERTA DE ALCALÁ Built by Sabatini in 1778 as part of the city's beautification reforms promoted by Charles III. It is made of granite, in the neoclassical style and is an example of proportion, harmony and elegance. The King commissioned Sabatini to commemorate his arrival in the capital in 1778.

Other places of interest

ARCO DE LOS CUCHILLEROS:It is located in one of the corners of the PLAZA MAYOR, and is the most famous of the nine gates leading to the Plaza. It leads to LA CAVA DE SAN MIGUEL, an alleyway lined with typical Spanish taverns, ideal for tapas.

PLAZA DE LA VILLA: A small square, located on the Calle Mayor, dominated by the Baroque style, with the Torre de los Lujanes, the Town Hall and the Casa del Cardenal Cisneros (House of Cardinal Cisneros).

EL MERCADO DEL RASTRO: Huge street market, full of stalls offering a wide variety of antiques and much more. It operates on Sundays and public holidays and is located in the historic centre of Madrid.

IGLESIA DE SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR: It is very close to the baroque PLAZA MAYOR, where the remains of the patron saint of Madrid rest.

PLAZA DE ORIENTE: It was designed by José Bonaparte and stands out for its historic-artistic gardens and a very rich collection of sculptures, including the equestrian statue of Felipe IV. It is located opposite the Royal Palace.
TEATRO REAL DE LA OPERA: It is one of the most valuable opera houses in Europe. It was built in the classical style and was commissioned by Queen Isabel II.

PLAZA DE ESPAÑA: It is the site of the monument erected to the glory of Cervantes. The square is surrounded by important buildings such as the España building, la Torre de Madrid and el Templo de Debod. This is where the famous GRAN VIA DE MADRID begins.

MONASTERIO DE LAS DESCALZAS REALES: Originally a palace, it was converted into a convent in the 16th century. The guided tours are very interesting, and the works of the great painters Titian and Rubens stand out.

CATEDRAL DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA ALMUDENA: It was erected in honour of the patron saint of the city, the VIRGEN DE LA ALMUDENA. It combines architectural styles: neo-Gothic on the inside, neo-Classical on the outside and neo-Romanesque in the crypt.

MUSEO DE ARMAS: It is located opposite the Plaza de la Armería. It has an important collection of weapons and is the most important museum of its kind in Europe.

TEMPLO DE DEBOD: It is nothing less than an Egyptian temple from the 4th century BC. It was a diplomatic gift, transferred to Spain stone by stone as an offering for the collaboration in the construction of the Presa de Asuan.
CASA DE CAMPO: One of the most important green spaces in Madrid, it was originally a hunting reserve of Felipe II, today it houses an important zoo and an area for sports.

CAPILLA SAN ANTONIO DE LA FLORIDA: Beautiful small chapel, where the remains of the great artist Goya rest, his magnificent talent in painting can be seen right there, in the frescoes on the dome of the chapel.

LA GRAN VIA: Famous Madrid street that starts at Calle de Alcalá and ends at Plaza de España. The Gran Vía is home to cinemas and musical theatres (which is why it is known as the Broadway of Madrid) and very important shops.

PALACIO DE LAS CORTES: This is the building where the Congress of Deputies meets, on Zorrilla and Carrera de San Jerónimo. It was built in the 19th century in the neoclassical style.

FUENTE DE NEPTUNO: It is located on the circular plaza of the Canovas del Castillo. It is a unique sculpture dating from the 18th century. It shows the god of the sea on a chariot carried by strange steeds, half fish and half horse.

PALACIO DE VILLAHERMOSA: Also close to the Plaza de las Canovas del Castillo, this magnificent neo-Renaissance building now houses a museum. The Thyssen-Bornemisza collection on display here features priceless paintings from the Italian Renaissance to the present day.
PALACIO DE LAS COMUNICACIONES: It is located opposite the Plaza de Cibeles and stands out for its nineteenth-century architecture.

REAL ACADEMIA DE LA LENGUA ESPAÑOLA: This emblematic institution is located in Madrid's Los Jerónimos district, and its building is an interesting example of neoclassical architecture.

CASÓN DEL BUEN RETIRO: This building belongs to the Royal Summer Palace of Buen Retiro. It was originally the palace's ballroom, a beautifully built building in which the fresco on its vault by Luca Giordano stands out.

IGLESIA DE SAN JERÓNIMO: This is another of the surviving buildings of the Summer Palace. It was the church where the Coronations of the Spanish Kings were held during the 16th century and also of King Juan Carlos I de Borbón.

MONUMENTO A ALFONSO XII: It is located next to the pond in el Parque del Buen Retiro. It consists of a pedestrian statue of the King, accompanied by long galleries of Ionic columns. An important staircase descends to the waters of the lake, which reflect its beautiful construction.

PARQUE DEL BUEN RETIRO: It is the largest green space in the area, a remnant of the Retiro Palace, destroyed by the French army during the Napoleonic invasion. Some of its most beautiful parts are: the Paseo de las Estatuas, La Rosaleda, the Puerta de España and the Palacio de Cristal.

MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA: It is the perfect complement to the Prado Museum, as it exhibits modern and contemporary paintings, such as those of Salvador Dalí and Joan Miro. The most outstanding work is the striking Guernica by Pablo Picasso.