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Old May 16th, 2009, 12:45 AM   #1
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MADRID, España



MADRID, España


Country: Spain
Region: Community of Madrid
Founded: 9th Century
Mayor: Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón
Elevation: 667m (2,188 ft)
Population
- City: 3,213,271
- Metro: 7,061,748

During April, I spent three days in Madrid, the capital city of Spain. Having been there already in April 2006, I knew a lot of the places but I enjoyed this visit even more. I discovered many more parts of the city that I missed three years ago and I have plenty of photos to show you.

Madrid is the third-most populous municipality in the European Union after Greater London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the fourth-most populous urban area in the European Union after London, Paris, and the Ruhr Area. The city is located on the river Manzanares in the centre of both the country and the Community of Madrid (which comprises the city of Madrid, its conurbation and extended suburbs and villages); this community is bordered by the autonomous communities of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha.

I hope you enjoy these pictures of the wonderful city of Madrid and the azulness of the Castilian skies.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 01:09 AM   #2
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PART I
Puerta del Sol to Plaza Mayor

Staying in the Hotel Carlos V, just off Calle Preciados, a large pedestrianised street between Callao and Puerta del Sol, myself and my Grandfather were in a perfect central situation. We started off by crossing Sol and into the streets on the other side of Sol where we passed through the Plaza de Provincia, Plaza de Santa Cruz and eventually found ourself in the central Plaza Mayor. At 09:00am it was very quiet in the square with cafes and restaurants just opening up for the day.

'Puerta del Sol' means 'Gateway to the Sun'. It is Madrid's bustling riposte to the Piccadilly Circus or Times Square of London. In the 15th Century it was the city's easternmost gate. Nowadays however, three big streets branch off from the Puerta del Sol: Calle de Alcalá runs in a roughly east to northeasterly direction the Plaza de Cibeles, Carrera de San Jerónimo runs roughly southeast towards the Paseo del Prado and Calle Mayor runs westwards towards Calle de Bailén and the Palacio Real.


Calle Preciados (View North)


Calle Preciados (View South)


Calle Maestro Victoria, Hotel Carlos V


Puerta del Sol


Puerta del Sol


Plaza Jacinto Benavente


Plaza de Santa Cruz, Tower of Palacio de Santa Cruz


Plaza de Santa Cruz


Plaza de la Provincia


Plaza de la Provincia


Calle Esperarteros, Casa del Peine


Plaza de la Provincia View to Plaza Mayor


Calle Esperarteros, Plaza Mayor Northeast Entrance


Calle Esperarteros, Casa del Peine


Plaza Mayor, Northeast Entrance


Plaza Mayor


Plaza Mayor, Casa de la Panaderia


Plaza Mayor


Plaza Mayor


Plaza Mayor, Casa de la Panaderia


Plaza Mayor


Plaza Mayor, Statue of Felipe III


Plaza Mayor


Plaza Mayor, Casa de la Panaderia
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Old May 16th, 2009, 01:24 AM   #3
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Preciosas las fotos y muy buenas las explicaciones.
Supongo que habrá más fotos, ¿no?

Me ha gustado lo de azulness, jejeje
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Old May 16th, 2009, 02:02 AM   #4
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Very nice!
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Very nice pictures, Madrid seems to be an amazing city.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 11:30 AM   #6
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Very nice thread Mike, Madrid is awesome city
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Old May 16th, 2009, 01:38 PM   #7
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Wonderful pictures and explanations, as always, Mike.Thanks.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 05:12 PM   #8
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Preciosas las fotos y muy buenas las explicaciones.
Supongo que habrá más fotos, ¿no?

Me ha gustado lo de azulness, jejeje
Hola Diego! Sí, estás correcto pensar que habrá más. Tengo muchos más para mostrar. Por favor, corrija mis datos en mis explicaciones si alguno de ellos están equivocados. Gracias.

Y sí, me gusta inventar varias palabras .

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Thank you. I agree. I was very impressed with Madrid, both architecturally and the way the whole city functioned - well worth a visit.

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Very nice thread Mike, Madrid is awesome city
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Wonderful pictures and explanations, as always, Mike.Thanks.
Hey, thanks. Well, like I said to Diego, should there be any incorrect explanations of place names, please do correct me on them.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #9
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PART II
Calle Mayor to Calle de Bailén

On exiting Plaza Mayor, we met Calle Mayor which means 'High Street'. It runs directly west from Puerta del Sol and joins Calle de Bailén by the Almudena Cathedral. If you turn left along Calle de Bailén, you cross El Viaducto which does have wonderful views across to the snowcapped Sierra Guadarrama but unfortunately now is guarded on either side by large glass walls. This was once a favourite spot for suicides in Madrid apparently.

On the other side of El Viaducto, it is possible to cut down some narrow streets on to Calle de Segovia which, running westwards, takes you under El Viaducto right down to the Puente Segovia where it crosses the Manzanares River. From there one can get some fabulous views up to the Palacio Real and Torre de Madrid above the trees of the Campo del Moro. A nice walk through the Parque de Atenas then brought us up to the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena.


Calle Mayor


Calle Mayor


Calle Mayor


Calle Mayor, Windows


Calle Mayor, El Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) & Plaza de la Villa


Calle Mayor, El Ayuntamiento


Calle Mayor, La Catedral Iglesia de Santa Maria


Calle Mayor, La Catedral Iglesia de Santa Maria


Calle Mayor, La Catedral Iglesia de Santa Maria, The Dome


Calle Mayor


Calle Mayor, La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena


Calle Mayor, La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena


El Viaducto, La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena


Plaza del Almillo


Calle de Segovia


Calle de Segovia, El Viaducto


Calle de Segovia


Puente de Segovia


Puente de Segovia & El Rio Manzanares


Puente de Segovia, View of Palacio Real


Puente de Segovia, View of Torre de Madrid


Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto


Parque de Atenas


Parque de Atenas, Puente de Segovia


Parque de Atenas, View of La Catedral Almudena


Parque de Atenas


Parque de Atenas, View of La Catedral Almudena


Parque de Atenas, Paseo Ciudad de la Plasencia


Parque de Atenas, View of La Catedral Almudena


Parque de Atenas, View to El Barrio Puerta del Angel


El Cripto de Almudena


El Cripto de Almudena


El Cripto de Almudena


El Cripto de Almudena


El Cripto de Almudena
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Old May 16th, 2009, 08:10 PM   #10
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Wonderful Madrid!
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Nice pics. Glad to see that you enjoyed
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Great pictures! beautiful city!
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Old May 17th, 2009, 03:06 AM   #13
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Wondeful pictures, MIke.

Maybe we should add that the part of te river is going to becompletely canged because theyre making a park there. It´ll have 5-6 ks lng. They have promised to finished 70% for he end of the ya. We are bit tired of waiting because after putting the road "down the earth" with a tunner twoyears have already passed. ANyway, we hope this time is the definitive time to do it.

It seems you have walked a lot this trip, MIke.
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Wonderfull portrait of my fav city in Europe . Good on ya Bristol Mike
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Old May 17th, 2009, 07:58 AM   #15
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Great pics bud, beautiful city.
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Old May 17th, 2009, 01:03 PM   #16
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Wondeful pictures, MIke.

Maybe we should add that the part of the river is going to becompletely canged because theyre making a park there. It´ll have 5-6 ks lng. They have promised to finished 70% for he end of the ya. We are bit tired of waiting because after putting the road "down the earth" with a tunner twoyears have already passed. ANyway, we hope this time is the definitive time to do it.

It seems you have walked a lot this trip, MIke.
Yes I was very interested about that. My Grandad described the bit of the river that we saw a 'mess' but the plans that were shown on the boards around it looked interesting. The addition of more trees and walkways looks fantastic so perhaps when it is finished I should come down again and have a good look. I know what you mean about delayed construction though, there's plenty of that around in Bristol.

As for distance, my pedometer on my phone measured 9.8km on the first day and 10.2km on the second. Quite a long way for a city if you ask me.

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PART III
Calle de Bailén to Plaza de Oriente

On leaving the crypt of La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena, you find yourself on Calle de Bailén once again. This road runs northwards passed the Cathedral and Palacio Real and Plaza de Oriente before meeting a junction in front of Plaza de España.

La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena
This Cathedral could be described as never finished. It was 'completed' in 1993, more than 350 years after the cornerstone was laid. The Cathedral is built atop the site of Muslim Mayrit, bit its most historic surviving feature is that which was shown in PART II in the crypt - the Virgen de la Almudena, the patroness of Madrid. It is clear that the Cathedral has had a few false starts during the later centuries due to the mix of Gothic and Neo-Classical architecture that comprises this edifice.

Palacio Real
The Royal Palace of Madrid (Spanish: Palacio Real de Madrid) is the official residence of the King of Spain. King Juan Carlos and the royal family do not reside in this palace, instead choosing the smaller Palacio de la Zarzuela, on the outskirts of Madrid. However, the Palacio Real de Madrid is still used for state occasions. The site of the palace dates from a 10th-century fortress, called 'mayrit', constructed as an outpost by Mohammed I, Emir of Córdoba and inherited after 1036 by the independent Moorish Kingdom of Toledo. After Madrid fell to Alfonso VI of Castile in 1085, the edifice was only rarely used by the kings of Castile. In 1329, King Alfonso XI of Castile brought together the cortes of Madrid for the first time. Philip II moved his court to Madrid in 1561.

The Antiguo Alcázar ("Old Castle") was built on the location in the 16th century. It burned on December 24, 1734; King Philip V ordered a new palace built on the same location. Construction spanned the years 1738 to 1755 and followed a Berniniesque design by Filippo Juvarra and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in cooperation with Ventura Rodríguez, Francesco Sabatini, and Scirmento. The new palace, directly facing the cathedral across the Plaza de Armas, was occupied by Carlos III in 1764.

Plaza de Oriente
This lovely square sits next to the Palacio Real and is overlooked by both Palacio Real and Opera. Nowadays the area is pedestrianised though I have heard 1997 saw a bulldozing affair to built an underground car park. There stands a statue of Felipe IV, designed by the Italian Pietro Tacca. He designed it on the drawings made by Velázquez. It was the first successful statue of a rearing horse.

While we were there we witnessed the changing of the guards - a frequent ceremony held outside the Palacio Real for all the public to see.


Calle de Bailén, La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena


Calle de Bailén, Torre de Madrid


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, Sculptings on La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena


Calle de Bailén, La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena


Calle de Bailén


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena


Calle de Bailén, La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, La Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Calle de Bailén, Palacio Real


Plaza de Oriente, Felipe IV


Plaza de Oriente, Teatro Real


Plaza de Oriente


Plaza de Oriente


Plaza de Oriente, Felipe IV


Plaza de Oriente


Plaza de Oriente, Houses


Plaza de Oriente, Teatro Real


Plaza de Oriente, Palacio Real


Plaza de Oriente, Felipe IV


Plaza de Oriente, Houses


Plaza de Oriente


Plaza de Oriente


Palacio Real, Changing of the Guards


Palacio Real, Changing of the Guards


Palacio Real, Changing of the Guards


Palacio Real, Changing of the Guards


Palacio Real, Changing of the Guards


Palacio Real, Changing of the Guards


Calle de Bailén, Torre de Madrid
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My Grandad described the bit of the river that we saw a 'mess' but the plans that were shown on the boards around it looked interesting. The addition of more trees and walkways looks fantastic so perhaps when it is finished I should come down again and have a good look. I know what you mean about delayed construction though, there's plenty of that around in Bristol.

As for distance, my pedometer on my phone measured 9.8km on the first day and 10.2km on the second. Quite a long way for a city if you ask me.
I agree absolutely with your grandad. It´s terrible to see like that.

I see it was a family trip then. I hope you had a good time, at least the weather seems nice.

I see too that your walked a lot because you show many places that now all the visitors go to.

Hoping not interrupting your wonderful thread just a picture of how things will be if everything goes OK.


A view of the whole reform.



Your pictures of the palace are great. No need to say it´s one of the best things of Madrid. Your pictures show its different façades very well, Mike. It´s always interesting to see the vision of the city of somebody from outside. It makes you realize of many things that you see everyday and dont pay attention to them.

Bristol is also suffering delays in the construction? Here many important projects are stopped or very slow. Bristol seems more "finished" than Madrid considering the pictures I´ve seen in your thread.
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Madrid is so beautiful for its exquisite detail in its architecture. it also helps to see the detail because of the sunny weather. it seems that every time someone on here posts pics of Madrid there is not a cloud in the sky! is the weather really that great all the time?
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Madrid is so beautiful for its exquisite detail in its architecture. it also helps to see the detail because of the sunny weather. it seems that every time someone on here posts pics of Madrid there is not a cloud in the sky! is the weather really that great all the time?
Well... You can freeze in winter and get burnt in summer

And the river... as Cervantes said "Manzanares, river's apprentice"
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