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- This lovely, tranquil church looks rather plain from the outside, so much so we walked past it, first time. Beautifully decorated inside. A lovely visit.Written 5 December 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We stayed in this area. It has some great restaurants with vintage shops and some vegan restaurants if that is your thing. The area has a bohemian feel and is close to Gran Via and the major tourist areas. I'm glad we stayed here.Written 20 December 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Teatro Lara is a beautiful old theatre with loads of charm. It is quite small and people are seated very close to one another, but as the play we went to wasn´t too long, it didn´t bother. We had a good time (Locuras cotidianas is a surreal play at times) in the theatre. The only detail I found quite a nuisance : the play is supposed to start at 10pm, but at that time, the street is still packed with people wanting to go to the main hall and to the off one (plays in both places start at the same time?), and so, one stands waiting quite a while outside (fortunately, it wasn´t raining), arrives worrying - one can hear the ringing indicating the play will start any time soon - and the play starts and ends later than intended, of course. For people not living in the city centre, this is a real pain.Written 13 November 2014This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I was mostly very impressed with the cleanliness of the store, the huge selections of clothing in all sizes and the ease of trying clothing on without huge lines. Every member of staff was most helpful.
My only disappointment was the home section which basically barely exists. I was looking for gifts to take home and was somewhat scratching around for non clothing itemsWritten 1 February 2020
- We went to see a magic show which was great (el mago pop)! However, to me the show was only a part of the experience since the theater itself (oldest on Gran Via) is beautiful. We had out seats on the 2nd floor (Anfiteatro) which is pretty steep, not for the ones with fear of heights :) The theater also has a bar (a bit pricey) which serves snacks -> the drinks and food can be enjoyed at your seat.Written 10 July 2018
- Clean and comfortable. Tina Turner show was quite nice but I would have preferred that at least the songs where in EnglishWritten 3 November 2022
- This is one of a number of note-worthy buildings that line Madrid’s most famous street, the Gran Via. Its towering, solid structure made me think of Gotham City.
It’s main claim to fame is being Spain’s first skyscraper. Its doors first opened on 1st Jan, 1930, and at that time, standing at 89 metres, it was not just Spain’s tallest building but the tallest one in Europe. It remained Madrid’s tallest building until 1953.
I found the stories around the building, more interesting than the building itself:
i) During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) it was the prime target for Nationalist bombing because it was Spain’s main hub of communications. for Spain. The basements became air raid shelters and bombs rained down around it. Ernest Hemingway worked as a foreign war correspondent here at this time. You can imagine him making his way along the Gran Via, in between avoid bombing raids, to file his reports at the Office of Foreign Press inside the building.
ii) It was also here that the very first transatlantic conversation between a US President (Calvin Coolidge) and a European leader (Spain’s King Alfonso XIII) took place on 13 Oct 1928. It was a great technological advance. Instead of messages between envoys and ambassadors, the two leaders were able to speak personally to each other. Immediately, this made me wonder what they said. Still curious, later in the day, I looked it up. For the most part, they talked about the importance of this new technology. Coolidge said, “… I believe it to be true that when two men can talk together the danger of any serious disagreement is immeasurably lessened and that what is true of individuals is true of nations. The international telephone, therefore, which carries the warmth and the friendliness of the human voice, will always correct what might be misinterpreted in the written word.”
Words of wisdom. Coolidge might have been talking almost 100 years ago but weirdly his words seem even truer and more relevant now than then. How easy is it to misinterpret tone when you rely mainly on texts and emails?
Nowadays, the building has the flagship store for a mobile phone company and regular free exhibitions and talks so you are able to go inside if you want a closer look.Written 16 November 2020
- We went to the theatre to see El Credito. It was one of the best performances we have seen in a long time and the script was absolutely fantastic; intelligent and hilarious at the same time. Luis Merlo and Carlos Hipolito, the two actors were just outstanding. A play in its third season, definitely a must see.Written 15 January 2016
- This is a very important historical square in Madrid. It was the centre of the uprising of Spaniards against the Napoleonic invasion in 1808. Many innocent Spaniards were shot at this spot fighting for the sovereignty and freedom. Goya painted these scenes in his famous paintings.Written 10 October 2020
- Right at the beginning of Calle Princesa leaving the Plaza de España, there is a beautiful fountain called de los afflicidos.
The Cristino Martos fountain is also known as the Escalinata fountain or fountain of the afflicted, even as the fountain of Calle Princesa it is located under the Plaza de Cristino Martos. The fountain-staircase is in the Baroque style and gives access from Calle de la Princesa to Plaza de Cristino Martos. It is made of stone and consists of three levels. It is attached to a wall and in the lower part it is formed by a semicircular pylon, two dolphins joined by the tail and a seashell in the center where the spout is located. In the middle part of the complex there is a beautiful granite and stone pediment from Colmenar, in the center of which is the Madrid coat of arms and on this the royal coat of arms. In the upper part it has two statues, one on each side. They represent Abundance with horn in hand and Joy, brandishing a glass to demonstrate it. The architectural base is made of granite and the stone sculptures.
It is worth stopping on our walk and spending some time enjoying it and the adjacent square full of taverns and restaurantsWritten 18 October 2021
- Nice, small and cozy.
We went to see Les Miserables and we were just astonished by the great job they did. Considering it is a great and large novel, at first I had doubts about the plot and the representation of it taking into account that the time is limited yet they kept most of the story line and details.
The actors are great and the play is entertaining.
In the short break we had, the actors came to talk to us, made jokes and kept the great atmosphere.
I will definitely be back!Written 28 March 2018
- It was an amazing experience with a beautiful atmosphere and mood during the whole party. The actor’s were amazing as well. Thanks to Santi and Dani. I recommend it to everyone that like escape room and thrill.Written 18 January 2023
- Went here for a Flamenco-show and was not disappointed. The whole setup looks more like a club as others have pointed out and the show itself was very well performed. Make sure to arrive early, have a drink at the bar and then relax for the show. Not expensive either!!Written 25 February 2019
- Madrid has many museums and some are less busy but still interesting. This is one of them. Friendly and welcoming, we spent a pleasant morning here.Written 18 November 2019
- The Contemporary Art Museum, MAC, is located inside Conde Duque cultural center. There are different small exhibition halls with temporary exhibitions and one permanent but very funny "museo portatíl". It was surprisingly good. Quite hidden place.Written 21 July 2019