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  • 1. Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Lavapies | Museum/Gallery

    Spain’s National Museum of Contemporary Art houses works by all the major 20th-century Spanish painters and sculptors. The new collection breaks...Read More

  • 2. El Rastro

    Rastro | Market/Bazaar

    Named for the arrastre (dragging) of animals in and out of the slaughterhouse that once stood here and, specifically, the rastro (blood...Read More

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  • 3. Museo del Prado

    Retiro | Museum/Gallery

    One of the world's top museums, the Prado is to Madrid what the Louvre is to Paris: an iconic city landmark and that merits a visit by every...Read More

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  • 4. Museo Sorolla

    Chamberi | Museum/Gallery

    See the world through the exceptional eye of Spain's most famous impressionist painter, Joaquín Sorolla (1863–1923), who lived and worked most...Read More

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  • 5. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

    Barrio de las Letras | Museum/Gallery

    Opened in 1992, the Thyssen occupies spacious galleries filled with natural light in the late-18th-century Villahermosa Palace (itself finished...Read More

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  • 6. Palacio Real

    Palacio | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The Palacio Real rests on the terrain where the Moors built Madrid's first defensive fortress in the 9th century. It overwhelms with its sheer...Read More

  • 7. Parque del Buen Retiro

    Retiro | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Once the private playground of royalty, Madrid's crowning park is a 316-acre expanse of formal gardens, fountains, lakes, exhibition halls,...Read More

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  • 8. Arab Wall

    Palacio | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    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 here...Read More

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  • 9. Banco de España

    Barrio de las Letras | Financial Institution

    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 in vaults...Read More

  • 10. Basílica de San Francisco el Grande

    La Latina | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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, 108...Read More

  • 11. CaixaForum

    Barrio de las Letras | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 12. Campo del Moro

    Palacio | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    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 for a...Read More

  • 13. Casa de Cervantes

    Barrio de las Letras | House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 14. Casa Museo Lope de Vega

    Barrio de las Letras | House/Mansion/Villa

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

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  • 15. Catedral de la Almudena

    Palacio | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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  • 16. Cava Baja

    La Latina | Neighborhood/Street

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

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  • 17. Centro Cultural de Conde Duque

    Malasaña | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 18. Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida (Goya's tomb)

    Moncloa | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between 1792 and 1798 by the Italian architect Francisco Fontana, this neoclassical church was financed by King Carlos IV, who also...Read More

  • 19. Estación de Atocha

    Retiro | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    A steel-and-glass hangar, Madrid's main train station was built in the late 19th century by Alberto Palacio Elissague, who became famous for...Read More

  • 20. Faro de Moncloa

    Moncloa | Building/Architectural Site

    This UFO-like tower, reopened in 2017 after a temporary closing due to fire damage, is 360 feet tall and an excellent viewpoint from which to...Read More

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