Retiro Park, Madrid

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    far into the lake glorious memories
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    Estanque, Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain.
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    Estanque, Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain.
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    Palacio de Cristal (The Glass Palace)

    by Urzu Written Jan 15, 2008

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    This building is inside the Retiro Park, but because to me it's special, I thought it should have it's separat place here! The Glass Palace was built in the late 19th Century for the exhibition of exotic plants that came to Spain from the Ph¡lippines. Nowadays the Palace is not a greenhouse, but instead it holds temporary exhibitions that change every once in a while. I've been to a few of them and they are very interesting, so don't miss it!

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    Wonderful park in the centre of Madrid

    by Urzu Written Jan 15, 2008

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    This magnificent park was built in the 18th century. Its main purpose was to be the delight for the royalty at that time, and that's why the park holds many monuments, fountains ad buildings which stand out because of their elaborate style. This park is great to spend a few hours of the day in. Many people use it to go running, skating or biking, but also to chill for a while! On the side by the pond you will find plenty of people selling handmade jewels, giving chinese massages, or reading the Tarot cards, even sometimes you can find little shows for kids, which can be very entertainning! Beware however that it might be better not to go into the park alone after dark, since there might be "strange" people wandering about, and well, you have to be careful!
    I almost forgot! The Retiro park also hosts the very important Feria del Libro (Book Fair) every year (around May). It's a great fair if you enjoy reading, you can find great discounts in books, special editions, and very interesting older books that can be very interesting!

    Monument to Alfonso XII At the Retiro Park Beautiful walk at the Retiro

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    Crystal Palace

    by lina112 Written Dec 13, 2007

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    Is a glass pavilion inspired by The Crystal Palace in London and projected in 1887 by architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco.

    Es un palacio inspirado en el Palacio de Cristal de Londres y fue proyectado en 1887 por el arquitecto Ricardo Velázquez Bosco.

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    The Forest of the Departed

    by lina112 Written Dec 12, 2007

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    The Forest of the Departed is a memorial monument to commemorate the 191 victims of the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks.

    El Bosque de los Ausentes es un monumento conmemorativo a las 191 victimas del atentado del 11 de Marzo de 2004 que se produjo en Madrid.

    Bosque de los Ausentes
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    El Retiro

    by lina112 Written Dec 12, 2007

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    Is the most popular and visited park in Madrid, very near the Puerta de Alcalá and not far from the Museo del Prado. The park was originally the site of a royal palace (alcázar) built in 1632. Within the park is the Estanque del Retiro and next to it is the Monument to King Alfonso XII.

    Es el parque mas conocido y visitado de Madrid, está muy cerca de la Puerta de Alcalá y no muy lejos del Museo del Prado. El parque fue en un principio el emplazamiento de un alcázar construido en 1632. Dentro del parque se encuentra el Estanque del Retiro y junto a el se encuentra el monumento del Rey Alfonso XII.

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    Relax in Retiro

    by jm34bee Written Nov 12, 2007

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    Retiro is a giant park in the middle of Madrid which is a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon or to do some jogging. I often go there to study or read when Im tired of being in the indoors.

    Retiro is also a great place for children because there are many attractions for them such as rowboats, fish-feeding, puppet shows, and clowns.

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    Huge, beatiful green area

    by Susanna1975 Written Oct 7, 2007

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    Parque del Buen Retiro is a perfect place for Sunday walk and you can also rent a boat and go rowing in the lake. There are several benches where you can read and relax. Lots of people come to the park to enjoy their Sundays. In this park locates the only existing statue of the devil (The Fallen Angel)

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    Retiro Park

    by ALANinWORCS69 Written Jul 13, 2007

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    Retiro Park or to give it it's full name Parque del Buen Retiro is a beautiful park to the east of the Prado museum. Once a private back-garden to a royal palace now it's where where Madrileños come to relax and chill and maybe hire a rowing boat. The park is dominated by a large lake and monument dedicated to AlfonsoXII. Around you can grab a drink or a snack at the cafes and watch the world go by.
    When i was there a local Madrileño was practicing spanish guitar... I lay, eyes closed in the sun listening to the guitar... bliss!!!

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    Parque del Retiro

    by ger4444 Updated Jun 24, 2007

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    Retiro is defenetely worth a day spending over there. Relax at the banks of the lake take a walk alonmg the avenues, orhang around with dubiuos types after sunset...It used to to be the Bourbons private park but it got opened to public in the 19 th. century. Nowadays its one of Madrids most popular parks especially on sundays there is lot of action, musicians, skating, rowing boeats at the lake or having a pick nock at the fileds. At the lake there is a monument with a statue of Alphons 12th on a hosre (they alwayss on horses them kings seemingly\) at the otrherside of the lake tehere are painters and other artists trying to get your money by their craft selling, near the lake you ll find the Velazquez palace and the Cristal placae, respectivally containing some exibitions on idustry and botanic plants. Next to the El Retiro you ll find the world famopus El Prado Museum.

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    Parque del buen Retiro

    by BeChar Written Apr 1, 2007

    Very large park (118 hectares), close to city centre, which used to be a royal park, reserved to aristocracy until 1868. Nowadays, it is full of citizen and tourists, jugglers, painters, singers, etc. It contains a large boating lake, three art galleries (casa de vacas, palacio de cristal, palacio de Velasquez).

    7a-11p, Summer 24 hrs.

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    CRISTAL PALACE in RETIRO

    by nada.c Updated Mar 11, 2007

    This building is really an art design. It was made in 1851, and as you can see it is of glass. and iron. Built by Ricardo Velazguez.
    There are many things to see in Retiro parc, but this is my favorite.

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    Retiro Park

    by Nathalie_B Written Jan 5, 2007

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    This is the Royal Park of Madrid, at least this was the purpose when it was created. Many activites can be planned while visiting the park. First it’s a paradise to rollerblade and ride bikes. Second, it has some small terraces and it’s a great way to enjoy a sunny day in the park. As a cultural tourist you can continue to appreciate the architecture and even attend museums and exhibitions. And all this in one great park in the middle of the Spanish capital. And if it wasn’t enough why not rent a boat and enjoy the park slowly navigating through its lake.
    Deep inside the park you’ll find the “Cristal Palace”. Originally, it was built to host exotic plants that were brought from Philippines. Today, it hosts exhibitions as pretty much every building in this park. Right across from the Palacio de Cristal there’s another “palace” called Palacio de Velázquez which was built as a mines museum and is used for various exhibitions nowadays.

    Alfonsp XII monument Palacio de Cristal Palacio de Vel��zquez
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    Something for everyone

    by Joacim Written Dec 4, 2006

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    A big park right in the center of Madrid. With a lot of space to walk around in, cafés to drink your coffee, or just sit down in the different gardens within the park.

    A beautiful place to get away from all the city noice.

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    A peaceful oasi of green ...

    by Rita_ Written Dec 3, 2006

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    After walking through the caotic city, you can relax visiting the Parque del Buen Retiro, a big oasi of green situated just in the middle of the city, nearby the most important art galleries.
    You can find there families, couples, clowns and lovers of walking and jogging ... especially during the weekends of good weather.
    Don't miss the the lake and statue of "El Angel Caido" (the Devil) which gives at the fountain where it is located a dark atmosphere.
    Visit the "Palacio de Cristal", a big building made of metal and glass situated at the south side of the lake.
    You will enjoy this relaxing paradise of green and, for a while, you will forgive you are in Madrid city center!

    Parque del Buen Retiro

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    Parque del Buen Retiro

    by barryg23 Written Nov 23, 2006

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    The Retiro park is the most popular park in central Madrid. It's located east of the Prado museum and covers a large area between Atocha station in the South and Puerta de Alcala in the north. Inside are quiet gardens, fountains and a couple of palaces.

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