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    Holy Toledo!

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Off the beaten path is a relative term I guess. I explored all of Andalucia and part of Morocco during my visit to this area which is all south of Madrid.

    But probably a good day trip from Madrid would be fore you to visit Toledo. It's a very gothic looking place with a tonne of history and its just 71 km from Madrid.

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    Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

    by Jefie Written Jun 21, 2008

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    Even if I really don't know much about European football (which we call soccer in Canada), I was still curious to see the famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium, home to the Real Madrid. This mythic stadium was inaugurated back in 1947 and it sits a little over 80,000 people. If you're a football fan, you'll probably be interested in going on a tour of the stadium, which includes a visit to the dressing room, the trophy room, a walk down the players' tunnel and onto the field, among other things. The stadium is open for visit every day from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, and admission costs 15 Euros. It is located at No. 1, Avenida de Concha Espina (at the corner of Paseo de la Castellana). Metro: Santiago Bernabeu.

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    Keep an eye open for the statues.

    by leics Written Feb 21, 2012

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    I was very taken with the various statues I spotted as I wandered around the city.

    The first was of a man sweeping Plaza Jacino Benavente, just outside Plaza Mayor. Then I spotted a chap with a map on Calle Sacramento (I think), another chap with a map sitting on a bench near the Capella Obispo and an old chap leaning on the rail surrounding the excavated remains of Iglesia de Nuestra Signora de la Almeduna on Calle Almeduna.

    The student walking determinedly into the wind into Plaza de San Idefonsi was my favourite, although whoever sprayed here eyes red has made her look very scary!

    Worth keeping a look out for these statues. There's another at Renfe Atocha (see tip) and I suspect there are others dotted about the city which I did not find.

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    Congreso de los Diputados

    by Jefie Written Jun 21, 2008

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    Since Madrid is the capital of Spain, you would expect to find a building that resembles the Capitol building in Washington DC, or perhaps the Houses of Parliament in London UK, but it's not quite the case. The Palacio de las Cortes de España is a very nice but rather modest building located on the Carrera de San Jeronimo, next to the Thyssen Museum. It was built in 1850 under Queen Isabel II in a neoclassical design reminiscent of a Greek temple. It is only possible to visit the building on Saturday mornings, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (check out the Website for more information). If you can't make it, it's still worth taking a look at the main entrance, which is guarded by two rather mean-looking lions!

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    The infamous "Cuatro Torres"

    by Jefie Written Jun 21, 2008

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    A few years ago, a new business center was created in Madrid with the construction of four humongous towers north of the Puerta de Europa, along the Paseo de la Castellana. At 223 m, 236 m, 250 m and 249 m, respectively, the Espacio, Cristal, Repsol and Sacyr Vallehermoso towers stick out like a sore thumb no matter how you look at them... or perhaps not quite?! After having stated very clearly and emphatically how much he hated them, Santi (aka Redang) took us near the towers so we could have a closer look at them and what do you know? After having seen them from up close, he was the first one to admit that they were in fact somewhat elegant!!

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    Palacio de las Cortes de Espana El Congreso de los

    by ruki Written Oct 21, 2009

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    The Congreso de los Diputados is the seat of the lower house of the Spanish Parliament. It is built in neoclassical way in 1843. The building changed its name twice under dictatorships and finally reverting to its original name of Congress with arrival of democracy in the 1980s.

    Metro: Sevilla

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    Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre (Open-Air Museum)

    by Redang Updated May 9, 2008

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    The official name is Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre de la Castellana (Castellana Open-Air Sculpture Museum), and it can be of interest for the sculpture lovers. It is not in the city centre, but quite close to Plaza de Colón. Maybe you happend to be nearby and want to have a look.

    The project dates back to 1.971, and it was inaugurated in 1.979, and this Museum gathers works of up to 18 artists such as Eduardo Chillida or Joan Miró.

    * Address
    Paseo de la Castellana, 40 (just under the bridge that links calle de Juan Bravo and Paseo de Eduardo Dato)
    28046 Madrid
    Fax: (+34) 91 701 16 86

    * How to get there
    Metro: Rubén Darío (line 5)
    Bus: 5, 7, 9, 14, 19, 27, 45, 147 and 150

    PS: Don't forget to visit the other side of the Paseo de la Castellana, there are more sculptures.

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    Planetario de Madrid (Madrid Planetarium)

    by marielexoteria Updated Sep 24, 2007

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    I like space so the planetarium was on my agenda. It was nice to see but unfortunately those who don't speak Spanish miss everything because all the available information, films, etc. are in Spanish and without subtitles or translations. However, if you enjoy astronomy and space you might want to give it a chance as it has free admission. I particularly enjoyed one of their experiment machines, where you were to balance 2 weights by moving the "rod" far enough so that the weights are balanced. Very nice!

    Practical info: Free admission.
    Address: Avenida del Planetario, 16, Parque Tierno Galván.
    Access: Nearest metro and commuter train station: Méndez Alvaro.

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    For movie-addicts

    by Gaby_G Updated Nov 4, 2003

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    I am an obcessive movie watcher... I love going to the movies and cant spend a week without it... Then I found KINEPOLIS... It´s a HUGE complex (Guinness Record winner) with 25 big screen rooms (around 750 people each, 9,200 total)... Also there are some good restaurants around it, and it gets crazy on weekends...

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    Museo Nacional de Antropología

    by Redang Updated Jan 22, 2008

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    The National Museum of Anthropology was opened on 29 April 1.875 by King Alfonso XI.

    The objects show material culture of different people from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania.

    * Address: Calle Alfonso XII, 68/Pº. Infanta Isabel, 11
    28014 Madrid

    - Fax: (+34) 91 467 70 98

    * How to get there:
    - Metro: Atocha or Atocha Renfe (line 1).
    - Bus: 6, 10, 14, 19, 24, 26, 27, 29, 32, 34, 37, 39 45, 57, 85, 150 and Circula.
    - Train: Atocha

    It's opposite Atocha Railway Station and close to Parque de El Retiro, Museo Reina Sofía and Botanical Garden; therefore, not far from Museo del Prado.

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    Arquitectura en Metro/Architecture by Metro: L3

    by Redang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are dozens of emblematic buildings and monuments in Madrid, famous and less famous. I bring here the possibilty of seeing some of them linked to each other by metro.

    * Metro: Moncloa (also line 6)
    Name: Cuartel General del Aire (Air Force Headquarters)
    Address: Plaza de la Moncloa
    Architect: Luis Gutiérrez Soto
    Year: 1.939-1.954

    * Metro: Ventura Rodríguez
    Name: Palacio de Liria
    Address: Calle Princesa, 18-20
    Architect: Ventura Rodríguez
    Year: 1.770-1.783

    * Metro: Plaza de España (also lines 2 and 10)
    Name: Torre de Madrid (main pic)
    Address: Plaza de España, 18
    Architect: Julián Otamendi
    Year: 1.954-1.960

    Name: Edificio España (main pic)
    Adresss: Gran Vía, 86-88 (Plaza de España)
    Architect: Joaquín Otamendi and Julián Otamendi
    Year: 1.947-1.953

    Name: Monument of Miguel de Cervantes (main pic)
    Address: Plaza de España (in the centre of it)

    Name: Templo de Debod (2nd pic)
    Address: Parque del Cuartel de la Montaña
    Architect:
    Year: 200-180 b.c.

    Name: Edificio Coliseum
    Address: Gran Vía, 78
    Architect: Pedro Mugurza y Castro
    Year:1.931-1.933

    * Metro: Callao (also line 5)
    Name: Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales (3rd pic)
    Address: Plaza de las Descalzas, 1
    Name: Palacio de la Prensa
    Architect: Antonio Sillero and Juan Bautista de Toledo
    Year: 1.557-1.563 and 1.559-1.564

    Address: Gran Vía, 46 (Plaza del Callao)
    Architect: Pedro Muguruza
    Year: 1.924-1.928

    Name: Cine Callao
    Address: Plaza del Callao, 2
    Architect: Luis Gutiérrez Soto
    Year: 1.926-1.927

    Name: Palacio de la Música
    Address: Gran ía, 35
    Architect: Secundino de Zuazo
    Year: 1.924-1.928

    * Metro: Delicias
    Name: Museo del Ferrocarril/old Estación de Delicias (4th pic)
    Address: Paseo de las Delicias, 61
    Architect: Emilio Cachelievre
    Year: 1.878-1.879

    * Metro: Legazpi (also line 6)
    Name: Antiguo Matadero (Old Slaughterhouse)
    Address: Paseo de la Chopera, 2 to 12
    Architect: Luis Bellido
    Year: 1.907-1.926

    Important notices:
    1. Some buildings or monuments are very close to the metro station and easy to be found whilst some others are a bit far and it's not so easy to get to them, you only have to look for the correct street or square.

    2. The link shows the list of the stations of the different metro lines.

    3. As I said before, there are many buildings/monuments, but I only bring here a few of them.

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    M-30

    by andal13 Updated Aug 21, 2003

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    "M-30" is the highway that surrounds the downtown; it is sometimes a fast way, but at rush hour you think you will stay there to live forever!

    La "M-30" es una autopista que rodea el centro de la ciudad; algunas veces es una vía rápida, pero en las horas pico piensas que te quedarás a vivir allí para siempre!

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    Arquitectura en Metro/Architecture by Metro: L1

    by Redang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The following tips are dedicated to architecture and photography lovers.

    There are dozens of emblematic buildings and monuments in Madrid, famous and less famous. I bring here the possibilty of seeing some of them linked to each other by metro.

    * Metro: Cuatro Caminos (also lines 2 and 6)
    Name: Hospital de Jornaleros (right now, it houses the Environment Department of Comunidad de Madrid)
    Address: Calle Raimundo Fernández Villaverde, 18
    Architect: Antonio Palacios and Joaquín Otamendi
    Year: 1.908-1.916

    * Metro: Tribunal (also line 10)
    Name: Pachá Disco (formerly, Cine Barceló)
    Address: Calle Barceló, 11
    Architect: Luis Gutiérrez Soto
    Year: 1.930

    * Metro: Gran Vía (also line 5)
    Name: Edificio Telefónica (2nd pic)
    Address: Gran Vía, 28
    Architect: Ignacio de Cárdenas
    Year: 1.925-1.929

    * Metro: Sol (also lines 2 and 3)
    Name: Real Casa de Correos (it houses now the Presidency of the Comunidad de Madrid) (main pic)
    Address: Puerta del Sol, 7
    Architect: Jaime Marquet
    Year: 1.760-1.768

    * Metro: Tirso de Molina
    Name: Palacio de Santa Cruz (Ministerio de AAEE/Foreign Affairs Ministery) (3rd pic)
    Address: Plaza de la Provincia, 1 (close to Puerta del Sol)
    Architects: Juan Gómez de Mora and Juan de Villanueva
    Year: 1.629-1.636 and 1.791-1.793

    * Metro: Atocha
    Name: Iglesia de los Jerónimos (4th pic)
    Address: Calle Ruiz de Alarcón, 19-21 (behind Prado Museum)
    Architect: Enrique Egas (supposed)
    Year: 1.503-1.505

    * Metro: Atocha and Atocha Renfe
    Name: Ministerio de Agricultura
    Address: Paseo de la Infanta Isabel, 1 (or Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V, commonly known as just Atocha)
    Architect: Lorenzo Alvarez Capra and others
    Year: 1.879-1.897

    * Metro: Atocha Renfe
    Name: Observatorio Astronómico
    Address: Calle Alfonso XII, 5.-7 (Retiro Park)
    Architect: Juan de Villanueva
    Year: 1.790-1.808

    Important notices:
    1. Some buildings or monuments are very close to the metro station and easy to be found whilst some others are a bit far and it's not so easy to get to them, you only have to look for the correct street or square.

    2. The link shows the list of the stations of the different metro lines.

    3. As I said before, there are many buildings/monuments, but I only bring here a few of them.

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    Arquitectura en Metro/Architecture by Metro: L2

    by Redang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are dozens of emblematic buildings and monuments in Madrid, famous and less famous. I bring here the possibilty of seeing some of them linked to each other by metro.

    * Metro: Ventas (also line 5)
    Name: Plaza de Toros Monumental (Bullring) (3rd pic)
    Address: Calle Alcalá, 237
    Architect: José Espelius
    Year: 1.919-1.929

    * Metro: Príncipe de Vergara (also line 9)
    Name: Antiguas Escuelas Aguirre (2nd pic)
    Address: Calle Alcalá, 62 (in front of Retiro Park)
    Architect: Emilio Rodríguez Ayuso
    Year: 1.881-1.886

    * Metro: Retiro
    Name: Parroquia de San Manuel y San Benito (4th pic)
    Address: Calle Alcalá, 83
    Architect: Fernando Arbós
    Year: 1.902-1.908

    Name: Puerta de Alcalá
    Address: Plaza de la Independencia
    Architect: Francisco Sabatini
    Year: 1.769-1.778

    * Metro: Banco de España
    Name: Banco de España (main pic)
    Address: Paseo del Prado, 2 (Plaza de la Cibeles)
    Architect: Eduardo de Adaro and Severiano Sainz de la Lastra
    Year: 1.884-1.891

    * Metro: Sevilla
    Name: Banco Español de Crédito/Antiguo Palacio de La Equitativa (last pic)
    Address: Calle de Alcalá, 14
    Architect: José Grases Riera
    Year: 1.887-1.891

    * Metro: Sol (also lines 1 and 3)
    Name: Real Casa de Correos (it houses now the Presidency of the Comunidad de Madrid)
    Address: Puerta del Sol (Casa de Correos is number the 7 of the square)
    Architect: Jaime marquet
    Year: 1.760-1.768

    * Metro: Opera (also line 5 amd ramal Opera-Príncipe Pío)
    Name: Real Monasterio de la Encarnación
    Address: Plaza de la Encarnación, 1
    Architect: Juan Gómez de Mora and Fray Alberto de la Madre de Dios
    Year: 1.611-1.616

    Important notices:
    1. Some buildings or monuments are very close to the metro station and easy to be found whilst some others are a bit far and it's not so easy to get to them, you only have to look for the correct street or square.

    2. The link shows the list of the stations of the different metro lines.

    3. As I said before, there are many buildings/monuments, but I only bring here a few of them.

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    Arquitectura en Metro/Architecture by Metro: L5

    by Redang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are dozens of emblematic buildings and monuments in Madrid, famous and less famous. I bring here the possibilty of seeing some of them linked to each other by metro.

    * Metro: Núñez de Balboa (also line 9)
    Name: Colegio de Ntra. Sra. de Loreto
    Address: Calle Príncipe de Vergara, 42
    Architect: Juan Bautista Lázaro
    Year: 1.889-1.898

    Name: Colegio de Ntra. Sra. del Pilar
    Address: Calle Castelló, 56 (it’s the official, although it’s in front of N.S. de Loreto)
    Architect: Manuel Aníbal Alvarez and Luis Moya
    Year: 1.908-1.916 and 1.959-1.960

    Name: Embajada de Italia (Embassy of Italy)
    Address: Calle Juan Bravo, 16
    Architect: Joaquín Rojí
    Year: 1.914-1.917

    * Metro: Rubén Darío
    Name: Museo Sorolla
    Address: Paseo del General Martínez Campos, 37
    Architect: Enrique María Repullés y vargas
    Year: 1.910

    * Metro: La Latina
    Name: Iglesia de San Pedro el Viejo (main pic)
    Address: Calle Nuncio, 12-14
    Architect: Unknown
    Year: 14th and 15th centuries

    * Metro: Puerta de Toledo
    Name: Puerta de Toledo
    Address: Glorieta de la Puerta de Toledo
    Architect: Antonio López Aguado
    Year: 1.811-1.827

    Important notices:
    1. Some buildings or monuments are very close to the metro station and easy to be found whilst some others are a bit far and it's not so easy to get to them, you only have to look for the correct street or square.

    2. The link shows the list of the stations of the different metro lines.

    3. As I said before, there are many buildings/monuments, but I only bring here a few of them.

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