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  • AMsays
    Thornhill, Canada3,785 contributions
    It was first built by the Ummayyad Empire Emir, Muhammad I, sometime between 860 and 880. Then completely revamped in 1738 by King Philip V after a fire in a process that took 18 years. This palace is now the largest palace in Europe and one of the largest in the world. It has 3,418 rooms within its 135,000 square metres confines. Despite it being an official seat of a Head of State, it is one of a few palaces that is open to the public. (Funds are needed for the tremendous maintenance required). Opulently furnished inside, you will be mesmerized by the elegant grandeur, sumptuous furnishings and resplendent décor, all so breathtaking. Our tour through the premises took an hour but many rooms were not photographable or available. Visiting this palace is very much sought after so book your tickets ahead of time or be faced with a very long wait. Note also that very few rooms are photographable. We encountered very strict security enforcing this policy.
    Written 26 November 2022
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  • Nayeli Vazquez
    Frankfurt, Germany191 contributions
    We enjoyed our time there. It’s on the smaller size but I think is for the better. I don’t enjoy modern art but I did enjoyed this museum. It was a fun quality to it… if that makes sense. Either way good museum.
    Written 22 November 2022
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  • JSTrip_77
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,162 contributions
    Gran Via is a classical venue for shopping in central Madrid. It's a lot of fun to visit both day and night. However, if you are someone who gets uncomfortable in crowds, this might not always be the place for you. During the day, we saw load of people walking around and shopping. It was similarly active at night though the people were much younger and rowdier though in a fun way. It is certainly worth a visit of only for the architecture.
    Written 27 November 2022
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  • JSTrip_77
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,162 contributions
    This is one of Madrid's several amazing, classical shopping and dining plazas. It is a place to take in some incredible architecture as well as browse through some really great restaurants and shops. We chose not to eat there since the prices are inflated to reflect the location. But it is still worth a visit.
    Written 27 November 2022
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  • Haris
    365 contributions
    Nice museum especially the second and third floor ! Modern art, paintings and objects! It is very big museum you need 2 hours to see almost everything! It has also cafeteria to rest! Price for the ticket 12€
    Written 17 November 2022
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  • JBPurgerFrb
    Frederiksberg, Denmark1,646 contributions
    Every time we go to Madrid, we always visit Mercado San Miguel.
    Still remember when it opened in 2009.
    It was so nice and the food was so great.
    Over the years it has become less attractive due less appealing food.
    This meant that we hardly ever ate there for the last 5-8 years even though we
    always visited it during our stays in Madrid.
    This time it was like being back around 2010 and the food was really fantastic.
    Written 27 November 2022
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  • Nayeli Vazquez
    Frankfurt, Germany191 contributions
    Puerta del sol is the centre of Madrid (pretty much) and you most likely will pass through on your way to something. Unfortunately when we visited it was in some sort of construction, however it’s still worth it to visit and have some coffee or do some window shopping nearby.
    Written 22 November 2022
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  • JRMADA
    United States2,781 contributions
    This basilica is a work of art. The first chapel on the left has a fresco by a young Goya before he was famous. We took the guided tour which was very informative and our tour guide was superb. The gentleman had a great voice, was eloquent, and had a very organized tour which was easy to follow. Admission was €5.00 per person which was a bargain given the quality of the tour and the beauty of the basilica. Our tour was in Spanish and I don’t know if there are tours in other languages available. We went on a Wednesday at opening hour and purchased tickets onsite with a credit card. There were no lines and we had the place all to ourselves for a while. The staff here is most welcoming and helpful. There is also a painting by Francisco de Zurbarán here. Pictures don’t do this basilica justice and should be seen in person. We highly recommend a visit here.
    Written 16 November 2022
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  • Steven Seno
    Cebu Island, Philippines37 contributions
    It’s a busy street so be prepared to hike up and down the hill. Lotsa clothes and house decor. It’s nice to be there early to avoid very large crowds. Good to visit 🏨
    Written 30 October 2022
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  • TSB5
    Fort Lauderdale, FL5 contributions
    Loved this small plaza in the heart of the centro. Many wonderful little places to enjoy a wonderful glass of Spanish tinto or cerveza. The shop owners are helpful if you need directions and don't speak fluent Spanish. I found myself wandering around alot as I was navigating the city. Always loved returned to Santa Ana. Don't miss this quaint spot.
    Written 17 July 2022
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  • binab
    Ljubljana, Slovenia25 contributions
    The cathedral is beautiful, it's different from the ones I have been to before. I especially loved the ceiling. The comission was free. There were A LOT of tourists.
    Written 17 July 2022
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  • Malgorzata
    11,440 contributions
    The Plaza de Oriente is a square located across from the Royal Palace. It is rectangular in shape and monumental in character and it was designed by Narciso Pascual y Colomer. The square was opened in 1844. In the same year the equestrian statue of Felipe IV was erected. The gardens were planned by Jose Bonaparte, who wanted the gardens to highlight the Palace and the Royal Theater. One of the most beautiful squares in Madrid.
    Written 24 January 2022
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  • DublinEyespy
    Dublin, Ireland401 contributions
    What a treat! This building is a stunning piece of architecture, currently housing an exhibition on how humans have portrayed themselves since the stone age. Excellent exhibition. Just outside the museum is a glorious vertical garden.
    Written 23 November 2021
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  • JRMADA
    United States2,781 contributions
    This is a small and most beautiful baroque church. It was commissioned by a Portuguese King to pay homage to Saint Anthony of Padova who wasn’t Anthony (his real name was Fernando), and wasn’t from Padova (he was born in Lisbon). When Madrid came back to Spanish domain, the church was re-named Saint Anthony of the Germans, being previously of the Portuguese. This an elliptical church with beautiful frescoes by several Spanish painters including Diego Velasquez. This church is only open from 10AM-2PM during the week. Check their website for weekend schedules. Entry fee is €2.50 (purchase on site), and non-flash photography for personal use is allowed. We went on a Thursday around 11AM and it was empty. Highly recommend a visit here.
    Written 17 November 2022
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  • juangroger
    Madrid, Spain18 contributions
    Amazing experience! Check online so you don´t miss it out. Free admittance but you come out ith valuable information of the times and advantures of prolific playriter Lope de Vega. I wish you can have as a guide Mrs Gemma, very educational, learned on the matter and with lots of jab-dropping anecdotes to share! A visit worth repeating!
    Written 31 July 2022
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