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  • 1. Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Lavapiés | 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

    Embajadores | 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 that merits a visit by every traveler...Read More

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  • 4. Museo Sorolla

    Chamberí | 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. Plaza Mayor

    Sol | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Austere, grand, and often surprisingly quiet compared with the rest of Madrid, this public square—finished in 1619 under Felipe III, whose equestrian...Read More

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