This monument has a beautiful underground church with 260 metres long, and a cross with 150 metres high. Franco is buried in this church.
The cross has splendid figures in its basis. You can go there and appreciate the sigth over the Guadarrama mountain.
This is another emblematic building of Madrid located at Calle de Alcalá, 48, and a metro and bus stops right there. it was one of my normal walks when living there and stop by for many years visiting the city.
Many historical anecdotes such as it was created in 1782 as the Royal Bank of Spain. During the Spanish Civil War the gold reserves(est. 510 tons) were sent to the URSS in 1936 and still there in Russia now...The building was started in 1884.
For that tidbit and the gorgeous architecture it is worth stopping by even for a picture. Corner of Paseo del Prado and the Plaza de Cibeles. The building also contains important art works by Goya, Sorolla, Mengs and Maella, but admission to the paintings and the interior of the building is by appointment only (write to Servicio de Protocolo, Banco de España, Calle Alcala 48, or phone +34 91 338 5365, or email email@example.com). It is a long wait for possible.
Metro line 2 takes you here easily, and the tourist bus hop on off has a stop here as well as the airport express bus
or the basilica of Our Lady of Atocha is a church close to the atocha train station. It is in an enclosing of the Avenida de la Ciudad de Barcelona,Paseo de la Reina Cristina. Just meters from the train station and worth seeing it.
The religious site of it is here in Spanish
Above it tells us that this is the second place of the church and was place here as per a letter kept at the Catedral de Toledo where the San Ildefonso, devotée of Atocha inform of the advice and miracles of the Virgin of Atocha with a child in the left arm and an apple in the right arm call from them the Virgin of Atocha, already known from the 7C. During the caliph Arab period in Spain as condition of the initial surrender it was declared that the cult of the Virgen de Atocha was respected.
Alfonso VI gave it relevance in his times and by the 16C it was already a Church . On June 2 1523, the keys of the Church was given to the Dominicans monks and it has continue under them since, except a short period. On the 5 of December of 1808, French troops entered and converted the convent into headquarters throwing out the religious order and destroying the convent by 1834 the Church was in dire needs . The queen Isabel II interested In the cult of Atocha name an officer to help restore it but not in vain, the queen Maria Cristina ordered it demolished for fear of crumbling down.
In 1924 the Dominicans friars that had not forgotten the Virgin of Atocha that they had guarded with such love and devotion for four centuries ask the king Alfonso XII to give some priviledge to help restore the Church . it was done and in 1926 they translated the Virgin that was kept in the parish church of Buen Suceso to the new church that was opened by the king and the mother of the queen María Cristina,therefore the cult of the Virgen de Atocha was renewed.
The sanctuary of Atocha was elevated to the rank of Basilica on November 12 1863 by petition of the queen Isabel II,and ok by Pope Pío IX. In the Basilica was baptized the great philosopher and writer José Ortega y Gasset. The Basílica was raised to parrish of Nuestra Señora de Atocha by canons of 1965.
Nice great history and so close to Atocha train station.
In the Plaza de Colon near the cultural center you may admire the monument to Christopher Columbus (1885) by Jeronimo Suñol and Arturo Mélida. It's quite tall, and rather Victorian in its style.
we have also a Dr. Fleming street, because he visited the city and he provide all the health knowledge during the civil war and bullfighting
They forget to talk with the people, and the madrileños like to talk with tourist, even invite then in a bar, we are very social, but also honest.