Madrid Sights

You won't find the soul of Madrid on the tourist-packed arteries of the Gran Vía and the Paseo de la Castellana; look instead on the quiet, residential streets and squares that give the city its signature charm. Duck into the warren of villagelike byways in the downtown area between the Palacio Real and the Parque del Buen Retiro, or get lost in the more alternative neighborhoods between Plaza

de Lavapiés and the Glorieta de Bilbao. Broad avenidas, twisting medieval alleys, grand museums, stately gardens, and boisterous taverns are all jumbled together, creating an urban texture so rich that walking is the best way to soak it in.

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Arab Wall

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The remains of the Moorish military outpost that became the city of Madrid are visible on Calle Cuesta de la Vega. The sections of wall...

Banco de España

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This massive 1884 building, Spain's central bank, takes up an entire block. It's said that part of the nation's gold reserves are held...

Basílica de San Francisco el Grande

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In 1760 Carlos III built this basilica on the site of a Franciscan convent, allegedly founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1217. The dome,...


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Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who transformed a former London power station into that city's Tate Modern, performed...

Campo del Moro

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Below the Sabatini Gardens but accessible only by an entrance on the far side by Madrid Río is the Campo del Moro, a park large enough...

Casa Museo Lope de Vega

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A contemporary and adversary of Cervantes, Lope de Vega (1562–1635) wrote some 1,800 plays and enjoyed great success during his lifetime.

Casa de Cervantes

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A plaque marks the private home where Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of Don Quixote de la Mancha, committed his final words to...

Catedral de la Almudena

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The first stone of the cathedral, which adjoins the Royal Palace, was laid in 1883 by King Alfonso XII, and the resulting edifice was...

Cava Baja

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The epicenter of the fashionable and historic La Latina neighborhood—a maze of narrow streets that extend south of Plaza Mayor and...

Centro Cultural de Conde Duque

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Built by Pedro de Ribera in 1717–30 to accommodate the Regiment of the Royal Guard, this imposing building (the facade is 750 feet...


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