Sights & Attractions in Madrid


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Name Category Location
Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who transformed...
Museums / Galleries Barrio de las Letras
Cava Baja
The epicenter of the fashionable and historic La Latina neighborhood—a...
Neighborhoods / Streets Old Madrid
Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Madrid's museum of modern art was once a hospital, but today...
Museums / Galleries Rastro and Lavapiés
Centro de Conde Duque
Built by Pedro de Ribera in 1717–30 to accommodate the Regiment...
Architectural Sites Chueca and Malasaña
El Rastro
Named for the arrastre (dragging) of animals in and out of the...
Markets / Bazaars Rastro and Lavapiés
Monasterio de la Encarnación
Once connected to the Royal Palace by an underground passageway...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
This 16th-century building was restricted for 200 years to women...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
Museo Arqueológico
The biggest attraction here is a replica of the early cave paintings...
Museums / Galleries Salamanca and Retiro
Museo del Prado
When the Prado was commissioned by King/Mayor Carlos III, in...
Museums / Galleries Salamanca and Retiro
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Opened in 1992, the Thyssen occupies spacious galleries filled...
Museums / Galleries Barrio de las Letras
Palacio Real
Emblematic of the oldest part of the city and intimately related...
Castles / Palaces Old Madrid
Parque del Buen Retiro
Once the private playground of royalty, Madrid's crowning park...
Parks Salamanca and Retiro
Plaza de la Paja
At the top of the hill, on Costanilla San Andrés, the Plaza de...
Squares Old Madrid
Plaza de la Villa
Madrid's town council met in the medieval-looking complex here...
Government Buildings Old Madrid
Plaza de Oriente
The stately plaza in front of the Royal Palace is surrounded...
Squares Old Madrid
Plaza Mayor
Austere, grand, and often surprisingly quiet compared with the...
Squares Old Madrid
Plaza Santa Ana
This plaza was the heart of the theater district in the 17th...
Squares Barrio de las Letras
Puerta del Sol
Crowded with people but pedestrian-friendly, the Puerta del Sol...
Squares Old Madrid
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Designed by José Churriguera in the waning baroque years of the...
Museums / Galleries Old Madrid
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