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Madrid in 500 words | 08 OCT

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Madrid in 500 words

Madrid, the capital of Spain, brings together high multicultural and artistic contrasts on its streets. The Arabs refer to it as "Magerit", meaning land rich in water. Over the course of history, the Austrians and the Bourbons, have passed through. Later, in the early 1980s, he witnessed the famous Movida Madrileña. The Malasaña neighborhood became the epicentre of this counter-cultural phenomenon that changed the image of Madrid forever.

The tourist and historical sights are endless in this city.

The Plaza Mayor, the heart of Madrid de los Austrias, is the old part of the city and one of the most charming neighborhoods. This square began to be built on one of the most popular 15th century markets in the town. When the court of Felipe II moved to Madrid, the buildings of this place were built, which has hosted various events for centuries such as popular festivities, bullfights and coronations.

The central and bustling Puerta del Sol is one of Madrid's emblems. Here you will find the famous clock of the Post Office, which every December 31st marks the twelve bells that invite you to the new year. All this in front of a crowd that gathers at his feet to drink the traditional twelve grapes, in a ceremony that is broadcast on television to all Spaniards.

Thanks to the reforms promoted by Carlos III to beautify the city, Sabatini built the Puerta de Alcalá in 1778. With a neoclassical style and granite material, it exemplifies elegance, harmony and proportion. Its name comes from the fact that the gate was located at the entrance to the city, next to the road that led to Alcalá de Henares.




Another great emblematic symbol of the capital is the Cibeles Fountain. This fountain represents the Roman goddess Cibeles, symbol of the earth, agriculture and fertility. This is also an icon of the fans of the Real Madrid football team, as it is here that their sporting triumphs are celebrated.

The Royal Palace, home to various Spanish kings, has witnessed the monarchical history of Spain. The building, with more than 3,000 rooms, is inspired by the sketches made by Bernini for the construction of the Louvre in Paris.

Madrid also has a green lung in the city centre: El Retiro Park. With over 125 hectares and more than 15,000 trees, this park is a green conglomerate full of gardens and other architectural works of great importance.

Not far from this cosmopolitan jungle is the art walk, formed by the most important museums of the city: El Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen.

But this city has much more to offer: the Almudena Cathedral, the Gran Via, the Temple of Debod, and its many cultural events.

Dare to immerse yourself in this historical city with us and delve into twelve centuries of history from its terraces.



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