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Top 10 places in Madrid
Our app features the history of 199 monuments and great sites including places to discover Madrid. Here is a selection of the top 10 monuments of the city, with an extract of the texts available in the application and written by our teams of specialists. For full content, download our Android and iPhone Guide and start creating your travel journal for your stay at Madrid
Mayor square: if the square is today regarded as the centre of the city, it was however situated outside of the fortified town in the 15th century, when it was called Plaza Arrabal. Since it was the meeting point of various roads coming from the provinces it use to be a market place.... Read more
The Royal Palace: The present Palace was built on the ruins of Alcazars, an Arab fortress dating back to the 9th century that was completely destroyed by a fire in 1734. Erected between 1738 and 1755, the monument is the work of three architects: Juvara, Sachetti and Sabatini, who made it into one... Read more
The Retiro Parc is the main lung of the city dating back to 1630 when the kings gathered in the gardens of the Saint Jeronymous Monastery. Olivares, minister under Philippe IV decided to expand and embellish the gardens exclusively used for royal entertainment, in addition to a palace with... Read more
The Prado Museum: one of the most famous museums in the world even if, due to a lack of space, it only displays a small part of its huge collections (hardly 12%). Besides other European artists of the 16th to 19th centuries, like Rubens, El Bosco, Vermeer, Caravaggio, you will find the largest... Read more
The Royal Theatre: a first theatre built in 1708 on the location of ancient laundry pits, was replaced by a second one destroyed in 1816 in order to equip the city with a royal-scale theatre. The latter was completed in 1850. Conferred with an irregular hexagonal shape, its main convex faca... Read more
The Saint Jeremy Church: this ancient church was built by Henry IV in 1494 and transferred stone-by-stone to Madrid for Isabelle the Catholic. Along with a cloister of the same name that was recently restored close-by, it is the only remnant of the monastery that was occupied and devastated by the... Read more
The Temple of Debod: This 2000-year-old temple was given to Spain by Egypt in 1968. Originally situated in Debod, Nubia, it was endangered by the construction of the Aswan dam and saved through this donation. Built under Adikhalamani (200 AD), the temple pays tribute to Amon and Isis.... Read more
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) is the official name of Spain's national museum of 20th century art (informally shortened to the Museo Reina Sofía, Queen Sofia Museum, El Reina Sofia, or simply The Sofia). The museum was officially inaugurated on September 10, 1992 and is... Read more
Prado Esplanade (Paseo de Prado): as one of the most important avenues of the city, oriented from North to South between the Cibeles and Atocha squares, the esplanade is also a public garden since 1763, which we largely owe to Charles III and the engineer Jose de Hermosilla. The walkway is... Read more
Almudena Cathedral: erected on the ruins of a small medieval church of the same name, the construction of this imposing temple was initiated at the end of the 19th century as forming part of the Royal Palace complex. Subjected to the Diocese of Toledo, Madrid was not endowed with a cathedral until... Read more
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