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Madrid — the capital of the Spanish state. Located on the banks of the Manzanares River in the heart of the country. Because of this, it is well communicated with all the Spanish provinces. Historians agree that the word «Madrid» Arabic origin and the beginning of the city laid Arab Emir Mohamed I, who erected a fortress to protect against possible attempts by Christians to regain lost their possessions.

MadridAttractions Madrid:

  • Picasso Tower - a skyscraper, one of the symbols of Madrida, the capital of Spain. The skyscraper is located in Plaza Picasso.
  • Botanical Garden Madride began with a love of King Ferdinand VI in collecting plants. At the end of the century VXIII grown here are 10000 names of plants brought from different parts of the world.
  • gates of Europe - is the twin office towers, built in the Madride. The height of the 26-storey skyscraper - 115 meters. The main highlight of these giants, scraping the sky that they are at an angle of 15 degrees.
  • Royal Botanical Garden (Real Jardin Botanico). He's pretty old, by Russian standards, just an antique. The garden was established in 1755 by order of King Ferdinand VI.
  • Royal Palace, which we'll see today was built on the same spot where in the IX century was a Muslim stronghold. After the Christian conquest of the city, the old fortress has survived numerous reforms, gradually turning into Alcazar kings of the Habsburg dynasty.
  • best place to start walking on Madridu - Puerta del Sol, an area of ??irregular shape, the intersection of streets 8.
  • The construction of the monastery began on the orders of Queen Margaret of Austria, wife of Philip III, and continued for five years, in 1616, the monastery was consecrated.
  • Wax Museum.
  • southern tip of the triangle, which limits the Paseo del Arte, is the National Museum - the Reina Sofia, a permanent collection which was opened in 1992. This building is an old hospital XVIII century now famous because it assembled a superb collection of modern paintings, primarily of Spanish, as well as the fact that it is one of the most versatile pieces of Picasso.
  • Prado Museum.
  • National Archaeological Museum.
  • In 1887, in the Parque del Buen Retiro, near the lake, the palace built Palacio de Cristal.
  • arena "Plaza Monumental de Las Ventas", designed for 25,000 people, is filled to capacity bullfighting fans, ready to applaud the bravery of the bullfighter.
  • Plaza de Espana. This broad area is a favorite meeting place for residents and tourists Madrida, as well as the largest traffic intersection in the center of the city. High plane trees on the southern end of the square are pleasant and shady canopy, beyond which is the central park, framing the monument to Cervantes, created in 1915 by sculptors and Teodoro Anasagasti Mateo Inurriya who wanted to reflect the essence of Spain.
  • Puerta del Sol has always been one of the most popular and busiest places in Madride.
  • Real Monasterio de la Encarnacion.
  • Football Stadium legendary "Real Madrid".
  • Almudena Cathedral. The Cathedral is located opposite the Armory Square Royal Palace and the Almudena is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
  • Debod Temple, open to the public since 1972, it is one of the few monuments of ancient Egyptian culture that can be seen outside the country of pyramids, when moving to Spain, he maintained his original position in relation to the cardinal points and is on the east-west axis . To tell about the importance of location, it is a remarkable building, its decoration and the stories inside are replicas, videos, and audio-visual composition on the walls.
  • Sv.Apostola Andrew's Church (Iglesia de San Andres) is located on a quiet street near the Plaza de Puerta des Moros. It was preceded by an ancient temple, built over the burial place of Sv.Isidora, the heavenly patron Madrida.
  • Cathedral of San Isidro (Colegiata de San Isidro el Real) was founded in 1622 - a year of the canonization of the patron saint of the city of San Isidro, and in 1768 his remains were moved here.
  • Church, as well as the eponymous monastery dedicated to St. Francis, San Francisco. One of the architects joined the project was Sabatini. The church was built in 1784, and the interior was completed only a hundred years later in 1884.

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