in the 70's, Egypt had a lot of flooding with the Nile. They worked out a deal with the Spanish goverment and a team of engineers went to help.
They helped control the flooding and the Egyptian government was so greatful, they have Spain an entire ancient temple.
The Valley of the Fallen or as the locals say Santa Cruz del Valle los Caidos is a worthwhile visit. It was commissioned by General Franco as an attempt of reconsiliation after the Spanish Civil war. The site consists of a huge 500 foot cross on top of a rock with a basillica carved within the rock below.
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.
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.