Country : Spain
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Language : Spanish
City: 3 165 235 (2014)
Metro: 6 569 530 (2014)
Zone: Central European Time (CET)
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closeMadrid, Spain's capital since 1561, is home to many attractions; some of the most famous include the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace, the largest palace in Europe. The city also boasts some beautiful plazas such as the large Plaza Mayor and the popular Plaza de España.
Architectural highlights include the Gran Via with its many beautiful early 20th century buildings. More recent architecture can be found in Azca, Madrid's modern business district.
Random Madrid Highlights
Plaza Mayor, Madrid
Plaza Mayor is a grand symmetrically designed square surrounded by elegant arcaded red brick buildings. It is one of Europe's most beautiful squares.
Parque del Oeste, Madrid
Just north of the Royal Palace lies the expansive Parque del Oeste (Western Park). Some noteworthy sights in the park include an authentic Egyptian temple, a rose garden and a large fountain.
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
This excellent museum has a collection of paintings covering over 800 years of western art. Many of the world's most famous masters such as Rubens, Picasso and Titian are represented here.
Royal Theater, Madrid
Originally built in 1850 as the Teatro de la Opera, the Royal Theater was in danger of collapsing by the mid 1920s. Fortunately, extensive renovations saved the building from demolition.

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