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The Prado Museum was built under the reign of Carlos III in 1785. It was a direct order of the monarch to the architect Juan de Villanueva. The project is part of an ambitious plan to modernize scientific, individually tailored to the king and his cabinet enlightened intellectuals and artists renewal. At first there was to function as art gallery, but it would be the Cabinet of Natural History.

The Prado Museum is recognized as the largest galleries around the world. Exhibits sculptures, drawings, coins and other works of art, but it is undoubtedly its large collection of paintings which has given her fame. Stores more than 8,600 exhibits paintings qu less than 2,000 due to lack of space. Many museums throughout the world have less wealth in their rooms to the Prado in its stores. The current gallery is from the royal collections of the old Museum of the Trinity, as well as acquisitions, donations and legacies. From then until now, works of art have survived several changes being moved during the Spanish Civil War, the Swiss city of Geneva, and returning to Madrid during the Second World War. Today his treasures are displayed in two adjacent buildings: the Villanueva Building, which houses most of the works, and the Cason del Buen Retiro.

The diverse backgrounds of the paintings in the Prado, for classifying jobs according to the nationality of the originating schools: The Italian school has among others, works of Andrea Mantegna, Sandro Botticelli, Raphael, Andrea del Sarto, Correggio, Lorenzo Lotto, Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiepolo and above all, Titian. Old Flemish painters, with works by Rogier van der Veyden, Hans Memling Flemish masters, Jochim Patinir, Quentin Metsys, Bernard van Orley, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel and the Flemish school with Rubens, Jordaens and Anton van Dyck. Schools German, French and Dutch with works by Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Durer, Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain and Rembrandt

All of Madrid’s interesting to visit and is entertaining stroll through its streets.To the west lies the Gran Via (shopping street, where are located many theaters and cinemas, restourents, the Grand Casino de Madrid, rethe Plaza of Spain, which leads to the North Station and Principe Pio and there stringing the Paseo de la Florida, arrived at the Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida (Holy gathers many devotees and made pilgrimages to the Holy date) . Spain’s Square has easy access to West Park or Rosales, where the Temple of Debod. From the square of Spain also goes by the Extremadura road and comes to the House, and from there turn out to Princess Street, where is located the Palacio de Liria.

To the east you can visit the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, located on Calle Alcala.

To the south are the most traditional neighborhoods such as La Latina and Lavapies, where is located the Rastro flea market, the Paseo de las Delicias and Paseo de Santa Maria de la Cabeza, Ambassador and between the Ronda de Atocha is located downtown de Arte Reina Sofia and the Atocha train station.

Paseo de la Castellana is the main hub of the city. Madrid crosses from north to south through the center of Madrid. If we begin elnorte of Madrid, in Plaza Castilla to the Plaza Colon. There is renamed and is now called Paseo de Recoletos, until you reach headquarters of the Bank of Spain and the Post Office or the Palace of Communications.The stretch of Paseo de la Castellana installed the Museum of Air Sculpture, there are installed Botero sculptures, Chillida and other contemporary artists. Also buildings such as the Picasso Tower, Torre Europa, the Santiago Bernabeu football field.

Madrid is the capital of Spain. It is located roughly in the center of the country and 660 meters. altitude to sea level. As is usually located in cities far from the coast, is a very hot in summer and very cold in winter. It is not advisable in the summer sightseeing, it is really hard. Madrid leave the network roads and railways radially. The Puerta del Sol, one of the most emblematic places, is located at kilometer zero.

Madrid is a city with a great personality, very charming and very sill. Its people so far from being closed to invasion of people from all over Spain and other countries are open and hospitable. History has left a deep mark in this city with many historical buildings and landmarks, see: palaces, churches, museums, gardens, neighborhoods … Madrid is the political and economic development. There are the headquarters of banks and major companies in all areas, as well as foreign embassies. Its Museo del Prado is the most important gallery in Spain.

The infrastructure of hotels, restaurants and leisure are impressive. It has a good infrastructure meters, railroads, taxis and buses.

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