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Old May 29th, 2011, 03:32 PM   #121
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I think so, but only parts of it. You can recognize the buildings, from it earlier in this thread, near Retiro Park and Prado.

Btw, according to my map (it's the official tourist map) the district on the pics above near Plaza Dali is called Goya. Salamanca is not even on the map. Why is that?
Yes, it's the neighborhood which is between Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park, one of the most beautiful quarters out of the historical centre.
Was Goya in your tourist map? Strange, I didn't know it's a tourist destination. I think it's absurd that Recoletos area and Colón are not part of the tourist map, they're much more interesting (no comparison) that Goya in all senses.
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Old May 31st, 2011, 08:10 AM   #122
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Congratulations for this fantastic thread! I am from Madrid but I have liked seeing my own home town through the eyes of a foreigner cause your pictures are great, but in the pictures of the Puerta de Europa you say that José Calvo Sotelo was president of Spain. That's not true, he was a very important politician (he had been Minister of Economy) whose murder began the Spanish Civil War, maybe you have been mistaken because his nephew Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo was effectively President of the Government of Spain.

I'll give you some interesting pieces of information related to your pictures not very known even by Madrilenian people:
-the statue of the Fallen Angel at Retiro Park is 666 meters above sea level
-the statues placed at the Plaza de Oriente, the Retiro Park and the Royal Palace's façade depict only Spanish Monarchs with only two exceptions: Atahualpa, the last Inca Emperor, and Moctezuma, the last Aztec Emperor
-the statue of Felipe IV is the first equestrian statue ever made with the two front legs up, and was built with the help of Galileo Galilei
-the Edificio Telefonica was the first building of Europe taller than 80 m, so it's often considered the first skyscraper of Europe.
-the Torre de Madrid was the tallest building in Europe and the highest concrete building in the world at the time of its completion.

Thank you again for this thread!
Wow! Thank you for sharing those curious bits of information! Madrid can't cease to amaze me!
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Old June 1st, 2011, 06:25 PM   #123
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Yes, it's the neighborhood which is between Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park, one of the most beautiful quarters out of the historical centre.
Was Goya in your tourist map? Strange, I didn't know it's a tourist destination. I think it's absurd that Recoletos area and Colón are not part of the tourist map, they're much more interesting (no comparison) that Goya in all senses.
Actually Recoletos and Colón was on the map. I also visited them. I don't think it's a typical tourist map, since it includes large parts outside the center. But it's the one that is free at hotels and hostels.
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Old June 1st, 2011, 06:27 PM   #124
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@Szeber: Thanks for all this information. I only read that Torre de Madrid was the tallest in Spain, not in Europe.
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Calle de O´Donnell and Torre España:

Torre España. The tallest TV tower of Madrid is situated in the Eastern outskirts. You can also see a church and some residential blocks here at Calle O´Donell. In the background you can see the East end of the city.

Torre España is 231m tall and was built in 1982.
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Actually Recoletos and Colón was on the map. I also visited them. I don't think it's a typical tourist map, since it includes large parts outside the center. But it's the one that is free at hotels and hostels.
When I say "Recoletos" I don't talk about "Paseo de Recoletos", I talk about the neighborhood, Recoletos (Serrano st., Jorge Juan st., Ortega y Gasset st., etc.)
Goya is also part of the center, but it's not part of the historical center (I understood what you said).
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Old June 1st, 2011, 09:03 PM   #127
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Reminds me of Milan. Both cities lack large water courses and each has a mix of old beauty, palaces, parks, cathedrals, plazas, and, modern buildings with countless ugly modern apartment block suburbs surrounding their respective centres. Only difference is that Madrid is more art-deco orientated and has wider streets and plazas, while Milan is older and retains more uniformity in its classic architectural styles as well as having narrower streets.

Milan and Madrid, very similar cities that both mix the old and new to achieve a fantastic balance.

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Old June 2nd, 2011, 07:46 AM   #128
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Jaw-dropping pictures Nightsky i will be there on 14th this month, i have not booked hotel room yet as i am not quite sure which location would be closer from the city centre. Is Madrid Metro easy to use and do you think i will be fine if i don't understand/speak any Spanish word? I am a bit scared to travel alone to a foreign country
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 01:53 PM   #129
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Hahaha, oh don´t worry boy, people is kind even if they don´t understand you.

Ask to young people, it´s more easy that they speak English.

How much money do you want to spend in the hotel?

Tube is very easy, cheap and good.

10 trips: 9,30 euros.

So you don´t need to be exactly in the center...
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