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The city of history, culture and quality food

The 20th century was, for the history of Spain, one of great conflicts and significant events. The regimes of Primo de Rivera and then of Francisco Franco, following a brief democratic experience and a civil war of fatal consequences in between, became the main characters of a very restless half century in Spanish history. Democracy, political parties, parliamentary regime, monarchy and stability during the last third of the century became the symbols of a modern country that opened its doors to the world.

Madrid and its surrounding Autonomous Region were given a more cosmopolitan air at the the end of the last century, aided by the increasing amount of tourists who visit both all year round. Madrid continues being the open city it has always been, welcoming immigrants from other Spanish regions, and its well-known nightlife has not lost any of its vitality. The modern Madrid grows farther north along Castellana Avenue, and its forgotten old quarters, the city's best artistic patrimony, are constantly restored. At the same time, the Autonomous Region's territories are integrated into this renewing process that both live through day by day.

Main attractions

  • Museo del Prado
    The Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art

  • Royal Palace
    The Palacio Real de Madrid (literally: Royal Palace of Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but is only used for state ceremonies. King Juan Carlos and the Royal Family do not reside in the palace, choosing instead the more modest Palacio de la Zarzuela on the outskirts of Madrid

  • Buen Retiro Park
    The Buen Retiro Park (Spanish: Parque del Buen Retiro, literally "Park of the Pleasant Retreat", or simply El Retiro) is the one of the largest parks of the city of Madrid, Spain. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park

  • Rastro Market
    El Rastro de Madrid or simply el Rastro is the most popular open air flea market in Madrid (Spain). It is held every Sunday and public holiday during the year and is located along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores, between Calle Embajadores and the Ronda de Toledo (just south of La Latina metro station). A great variety of products (new and used) can be found at el Rastro. A number of antique shops in the local area are also open on Sunday.

  • Almudena Cathedral
    Santa María la Real de La Almudena is the Catholic cathedral in Madrid, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid. It was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993.The cathedral seems to have been built on the site of a medieval mosque that was destroyed in 1083 when Alfonso VI reconquered Madrid

  • Plaza de Cibleles
    The Plaza de Cibeles is a square with a neo-classical complex of marble sculptures with fountains that has become an iconic symbol for the city of Madrid. It sits at the intersection of Calle de Alcalá (running from east to west), Paseo de Recoletos (to the North) and Paseo del Prado (to the south). Plaza de Cibeles was originally named Plaza de Madrid, but in 1900, the City Council named it Plaza de Castelar, which was eventually replaced by its current name.

  • Temple of Debod
    The Temple of Debod[2] (Spanish: Templo de Debod) is an ancient Egyptian temple which was rebuilt in Madrid

  • Puerta del Sol
    The Puerta del Sol (Spanish for "Gate of the Sun") is one of the best known and busiest places in Madrid. This is the centre (Km 0) of the radial network of Spanish roads. The square also contains the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a new year

    (Source: http://www.spainted.com/de/madrid-de/top-10-attraktionen-in-madrid.asp)

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