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Private Guided Half Day City Tour in Madrid with Private Vehicle and Chauffeur
"Enjoy this private 4 hour tour with your official tour guide and get to know Madrid’s most emblematic sights very comfortably in your private vehicle with chauffeur. Choose between a morning or afternoon departure directly from your hotel or plac then head through the Barrio of la Morería and enjoy the sights of the city’s medieval origins. Once you are there and after you have seen this great historical part of the city you will be able to enjoy the Royal Palace of Madrid. The tour will then continue towards Cibele’s Fountain a very important celebration point for the Real Madrid followers. You will also have a chance to enjoy the famous Alcalá Gate where you can just picture the scenery. The tour will also take you to the Gran Vía and the famous Paseo de la Castellan you will be able to enjoy the Barrio Salamanca and see the difference between the ancient Madrid and the modernist Madrid. Along this ride you will see the Real Madrid Stadium (Santiago Bernabeu)
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Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Tour
"Board the open-top double-decker bus at any of 37 stops around the city. Then hop on and off as you wish or remain aboard for the entire loop. The two routes interconnect so you can switch between them — your ticket is valid on both.Follow Route 1 (Blue Route) around historical Madrid with its grand royal buildings. Hop off at the Paseo del Prado to visit the magnificent Prado; disembark to explore the Royal Palac or sit back and admire the Belle Epoque buildings of the Gran Vía Madrid’s main thoroughfare.Switch to Route 2 (Green Route) to focus on 19th- and 20th-century Madrid. Delve into elegant Salamanca
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"Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery
"Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery Valley of the Fallen and Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour""Morning Tour: El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the FallenDeparting from the central Plaza de España begin your exploration of Madrid and its environs with a trip to El Escorial Monastery. Also known as the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real it was built by King Philip II in the 16th century to house the remains of his parents Charles I and Isabella of Portugal. Today the palatial complex is renowned for its collection of European art. Your guided tour highlights pieces from the collection and includes visits to the Pantheon of Kings and the basilica.Next stop is the p six miles (9.5 km) from El Escorial Monastery. Erected by dictator General Franco
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Columbus Square

Them Spanish really love Christopher Columbus as they have many memorials and squares of him in Spain as he discovered the Americas under the Service of the Spanish Monarchs and helped Spain to begin an empire. The Columbus Square of Madrid is located along Plaza De Colon, along a roundabout intersecting Paseo De Recoletos, Calle De Genova, Calle De Goya and Paseo De La Castellana. It was named Plaza De Colon as the Spanish name of Columbus is Cristobal Colon. It was renamed in 1893 to honor Columbus and it was called Plaza De Santiago before. there is a tall monument built to the memory of Columbus. It was erected in 1885 to commemorate the forthcoming 400th anniversary of Columbus' voyage to the West Indies and it features an ornamental square base with a long column above, on top of which is a statue of Christopher Columbus who faces west. There are gardens along both sides facing the square and a large Spanish Flag as well.

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Oct 01, 2016

Plaza de Colon - Columbus monument

One of the most esteemed citizens of Spain is Columbus. Monuments to this remarkable seafarer can be seen in many cities of Spain. As a rule, it is an obelisk with Columbus's figure at the top. It is quite natural to see such a monument as well In Madrid. It is installed on (in spanish Columbus is Colon). The memorial, devoted to the discovery of America is on this square. Though there are many doubt, whether there was Columbus the Spaniard on a nationality.

You can watch my 4 min 58 sec Video Walking along Madrid part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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Dec 14, 2014

Plaza Colon

This monument was a bit of a surprise really. Located along some very busy avenues and seemingly surrounded by skyscrapers, there is a plaza honoring Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon in Spanish) . The one in the photo is the 1886 statue of Columbus by Jeronimo Suñon, there is another set of sculptures across the plaza that is more modern.

There is a large fountain and gardens (Jardines del Descubrimiento) . It seems odd, but beneath the plaza is a cultural center which includes the city's municipal art center, exhibitions and a theater.

Nearby you will find the fashionable Serrano, a pricey shopping area. There is also the Museo Archeologico Nacional- the National Archeology Museum which has a very interesting collection that includes Roman mosaics, Moorish arches and a crown from the Visigoths.

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Jul 09, 2013

Columbus Memorial

We have all heard of Christopher Columbus, the great navigator who , history tells us, discovered the New World.

This memorial is certainly worth visiting. Well located with many other interesting buildings, gardens etc close by.

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Feb 24, 2010
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Torre de Colon

The Torre de Colon was built in 1976 at a height of 102metres. A twin tower building, it was designed by Antonio Lamela and is one of the dominating structures in the Plaza de Colon. The building is known to locals as ‘The Plug’ or ‘El Enchufe’ because of the centrepiece between the two towers.

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Sep 23, 2009

Monumental figure of Cristobel Colon

The monument picture of Cristobel Colon (Christopher Columbus) statue was taken from the bus during our Madrid city tour. Looking from the bus the monument looks impressive. Critobel Colon (Christopher Columbus) is standing upright at the top of the tall column holding a flag. His left hand is pointing to the west towards his new discovery.

The neo-gothic monument of Cristobel Colon (Christopher Columbus), the great discoverer was built in 1885. The monument with surrounding cascading fountain are located at Plaza de Colon Martinez district.

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May 25, 2009

Columbus Square

The square is dedicated to Christopher Columbus thus the name. Also his Statue with a fountain and Monument made of concrete cement are the two features for his honor. Under the fountain , you will find the way to Centro Cultural de la Villa. The Discovery Gardens rounded up the place as a lovely area to relax.

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Feb 13, 2009

dedicated to Columbus

Colón square is dedicated to the famous Columbus and has a statue of Columbus standing on the top of a tall column. The monument was built in 1885 but the square took the name Colon in 1893. Columbus points west towards the lands he discovered.
There is always traffic around square with cars and buses but the waters will attract your attention for a while. Under the plaza you can visit the Cultural center of Madrid city. Check also the sculptures of Turcios on calle Serrano.

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The discovery

Of course being in Spain, you will find many different monuments as a homage to the discovery of America, or to Christopher Columbus himself. In Madrid we have to Plaza Colón (Columbus square), where you can find a 17 meter hight monument to him, built in the late 19th century. Also you will be able to see a homage to the discovery itself, the sailors, the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa Maria, which was built in the 70's. It might be nice to havea short walk around the square, sit down on a bench and enjoy the view! And please, don't let the Colón towers spoil the view for you... I'm telling you this buildings (and no offense to the architect!) have to be the ugliest in Madrid!

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Feb 04, 2008

Plaza Colon

one of the central plazas of Madrid. at this place is a statue of Columbus. the place is surrounded by the national library and museum for archeology. also a building of the Hero company and other office buildings dating from the seventies. On the other side of the squaire you can find four concrete blocks that symbolize Columbus' trip to America. Under the squire is the center for Culture situated.

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May 18, 2007

Get dry under the waterfall

Though the plaza is named after Columbus, the gardens are refered to as the Gardens of Discovery. The Colon bus stop is but one of the attractions under the plaza, the Cultural Center "de la Villa de Madrid" is also located beneath the plaza. At the base of the Columbus Monument is a fountain with a huge cascade of water. At the ends of the fountain are stairs leading down under the cascade, take them to check out the Cultural Center.

On the plaza you also find the Torre Colon. In spite of the looks the two towers are actually built independently with two independent concrete cores. It is 116 m high with 23 floors. All the floors “hang” from a large structure built in the top floors. The green copper crown was added after the building was finished and from that the building is known by Enchufe (plug-in). The architext was Antonio Lamela martinez.

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Jan 30, 2007

Not so impressive, I must say

I expected a little more from this one. I have to concede both monuments dedicated to Colon and the discovery of America are nice, the jardines del descubrimiento (discovery gardens) are pretty plain and small. With such a name, I expected something slightly more important!

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Aug 06, 2006

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