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The sights of Madrid will get your travel juices flowing. The Spanish capital is one of Europe's great cities and if I were to sum it up in one word, that word would be sexy. It offers all the essentials for any holidaymaker who loves city breaks: fabulous architecture, amazing history, interesting museums, parks and plazas and plenty of food, drink and entertainment. There are masses of sights of Madrid but let's narrow it down to a manageable few.

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Gran via

Gran via One of the sights of Madrid is the "Great Way", one of the main thoroughfares and an upmarket shopping street. Also known as the Spanish Broadway, it is one of the busiest streets for nightlife in Europe.

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Palacio De Cristal in Buen Retiro Park

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Built in 1887 specifically to host an exhibition of flora and fauna from The Philippines. Spain ruled the Philippines from 1521 to 1898.

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Kimsooja's Room of Rainbows

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This is one of the stunning rooms of the Palacio de Cristal.

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The Metropolis

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The Metropolis stands on the corner of La Gran Via and is an office building that traditionally has always been occupied by an insurance company.

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Street Scene

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A typical neighborhood you'll find yourself wandering around.

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The Palacio Real De Madrid

The Palacio Real De Madrid Via Palais Royal de Madrid

The official residence of the Spanish Royal Family.

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Almudena Cathedral

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Full name Catedral de Santa María la Real de La Almudena. Work on the Roman Catholic cathedral amazingly didn't begin until 1879 and was finished and consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993.

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The Catedral de Santa María la Real de La Almudena, a stunning blend of Gothic interior and Neo-Gothic exterior, towers majestically over the Madrid skyline. This architectural marvel, with its intricate designs and modernist influences, also harbors a serene Neo-Romanesque crypt beneath. Pay a visit to absorb the breathtaking artistry, including colorful stained-glass windows and the image of the Virgen de la Almudena, the city's patroness. As a cultural tapestry woven into Madrid's rich history, the cathedral is an awe-inspiring landmark you simply can't miss.

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Fuente De La Cibeles

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The stunning fountain of the Goddess Cybele - the symbol of the Earth, fertility and agriculture. The building in the background is Madrid City Hall.

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Living Wall, Caixa Forum

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The Caixa Forum is a museum and cultural center.

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City Hall

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Once Cybele's Palace and once the Palace of Communication.

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Buen Retiro Park

Buen Retiro Park The large park is one of the great attractions of Madrid. It once belonged to the Spanish Royal Family and the building in the picture is the monument to Alphonso XII.

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Calle De Alcalá

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The longest and one of the oldest streets in Madrid.

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Royal Chapel

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One of the stunning interiors of the Royal Palace.

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Plaza Mayor

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One of the central squares of Madrid. Surrounded by three-storey residences on three sides, there are nine entrances into the square (which is actually rectangular!) It's lined with cafes and the statue of King Philip III stands in the center.

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Madrid Barajas Airport

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Even the airport is super stylish.

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Calle De Segovia

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One of the streets leading down towards the Manzanares River

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Temple of Debod

Temple of Debod Via Templo de Debod - Madrid

The ancient temple was originally built in Egypt but was moved to Spain when the Aswan Dam was under construction.

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Arganzuela Footbridge

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One of the new bridges across the Manzanares River connecting a new urban area to a park.

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Casa De La Panadería

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The distinctive painted facades of the buildings that line Plaza Mayor.

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Monument to Miguel De Cervantes

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The monument to the great writer, author of Don Quixote, stands in Plaza de España

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The Torre Blancas

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The building is an icon of the Spanish Organicism Movement.

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City Hall

City Hall Via Palacio de Comunicaciones, Madrid, Spain

One of the modern alterations to the antique City Hall.

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San Miguel Market

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The historic market is in central Madrid and is home to 33 permanent stalls selling food and provisions.

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El Rastro

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Madrid's most popular open air flea market.

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Café

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Cafe culture is a huge feature of the city and there are cafes in the plazas and back streets. Tapas is a food experience not to be missed.

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El Prado

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Essentially the National Gallery of Spain, El Prado is home to works by the great Spanish artists like Goya and Velásquez as well as a major collection of other significant European art.

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Las Ventas

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Madrid's Bull Ring is the third largest in the World. And bull fights still happen. (What you think of this is a matter for your own conscience.)

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Casa De Campo

Casa De Campo Madrid's largest park.

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Estadio Vicente Calderón

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The home of Athletico Madrid who enjoy intense rivalry with Real Madrid who play at the Bernabau.

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Gate of Europe

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The Kio Towers are among the iconic modern sighs of Madrid. In contrast to ...

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Passage of Time

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... the historic buildings of Old Madrid.

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San Francisco El Grande Basilica

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The incredible dome measures 33 meters across. The basilica once functioned as the National pantheon, and enshrined the remains of famous artists and politicians

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Burgundy Street

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Madrid is the European city with the highest number of trees and green surface per inhabitant and it has the second highest number of aligned trees in the world, with 248,000 units, only exceeded by Tokyo. Wherever you are in Madrid, you're only 15 minutes walk away from a green space.

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Madrid's dedication to greenery is evident as you stroll along Burgundy Street, a picturesque avenue framed by leafy canopies. Embracing the city's commitment to the environment, this street serves up a visual feast with its verdant vibe. Whether you're seeking a tranquil escape or a pleasant route for your daily commute, the lush landscape provides an unexpected oasis. If you're exploring the city's vast green network, a visit to this arborous boulevard is not just recommended; it's a must for any nature-loving traveler.

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Puerta Del Sol

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One of the most popular attractions of Madrid, the square is home to the clock that announces New Year and the "Eating of the Twelve Grapes."

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Manzanares River

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Like with all capital cities in Europe, water is a major feature whether it's the ocean or a river. For Madrid it's the Manzanares River.

So many sights of Madrid, so little time. The Spanish capital is a fabulous weekend destination but you need longer - any excuse for more than one visit! Fancy going?

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IS IT possible to get a print or poster of picture number 7, Almundene Cathedral, it is a wonderful picture by a very talented photographer!

I remember visiting the Plaza de Mayor and the Puerta Del Sol also that place where the Royal family lives. Madrid is so beautiful, if only I wasn't looked a bit down upon for being an American tourist who didn't speak Spanish

Is it possible to get a print or poster of photo #7.

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