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Old June 5th, 2009, 11:37 AM   #81
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PART X
Parque del Buen Retiro



Aerial View of Parque del Buen Retiro (the largest expanse of green)

Parque del Buen Retiro (The Park of Pleasant Retreat) or El Retiro as it is sometimes shortened to (The Lungs of Madrid) is the largest and main park of Madrid. It is situated to the east of Paseo del Prado and the central area of the city. At the southern end is Estación Atocha and to the north is Puerta de Alcalá.

The park has a lot of history. In 1505, at the time of Isabella I (r. 1474–1504) the Monasterio de Jerónimos was moved from an unsuitable location elsewhere to the present site of Iglesia de San Jerónimo el Real, and a new monastery built in Isabelline Gothic style. The royal family had a retreat built as part of the church. The court was also moved here by King Felipe II and the park was edited with new avenues lined with trees put in place. The "Jardines del Buen Retiro" were extended in the 1620s, when Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, Philip IV's powerful favourite, gave the king several tracts of land in the vicinity for the Court's recreational use. Several buildings were erected, two of which are present today as Casón del Buen Retiro and Museo del Ejército. The gardens were neglected after the death of Philip IV in 1665, but have been restored and changed on many occasions.

The Buen Retiro Palace was used until the era of Charles III. Most of the palace was destroyed during the Peninsular War (1807–1814). El Retiro gradually became the green heart of the city. At the beginning of the 20th century, the monument to Alfonso XII was erected next to the pond. Countless statues, fountains and commemorative monuments have filled the park and converted it into an open-air sculpture museum.

This was one of the most pleasant areas to walk in in Madrid for me and it was a splendid way to finish my trip.























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Old June 5th, 2009, 11:38 AM   #82
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This park of Madrid is just awesome
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Old June 6th, 2009, 12:03 PM   #83
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WOW Mike, I am very, very impressed. You are so lucky to be so close to this great city. As soon as I win the lottery I will be in Madrid to see it for myself

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Old June 6th, 2009, 03:06 PM   #84
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Thanks again for your pictures, Mike.

The Palacio de Cristal (Cristal Palace) was inspired by the building at Kew Gardens in London. They are of the same time, more or less. Now it´s a part of the Reina Sofía Museum and there are some exhibitions there. I´m glad you enjoyed your visit to Retiro. Obviously it´s a very popular park for Madrileños too because it´s in the middle of the city, something like Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York.

There is also Casa de Campo, which is bigger but more wild. It´s in front of the Royal Palace and near the river. When the reform of the river is finished it´ll be easy for pedestrians to go from the center of Madrid to Casa de Campo by foot walking during 10-15 minutes.

This thread is really wonderful.I´m not objective because it´s my city, but I recognize you´´ve got an eye to show details and people of a place.
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Great thread!!! All pictures are absolutely amazing
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Old June 7th, 2009, 08:41 PM   #86
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Awesomeee photos mate!! They portray the city that I love so much very well. I've been there a couple of times (too few) myself, last time was last year and I can't wait to go back.. Thanks again for your photos!!
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Old June 9th, 2009, 07:15 PM   #87
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This park of Madrid is just awesome
Thanks mate, it most certainly is!

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WOW Mike, I am very, very impressed. You are so lucky to be so close to this great city. As soon as I win the lottery I will be in Madrid to see it for myself
Well it's nice to know it's only a 2 hour flight south from the UK. I already have plans to return next year.

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Thanks again for your pictures, Mike.

The Palacio de Cristal (Cristal Palace) was inspired by the building at Kew Gardens in London. They are of the same time, more or less. Now it´s a part of the Reina Sofía Museum and there are some exhibitions there. I´m glad you enjoyed your visit to Retiro. Obviously it´s a very popular park for Madrileños too because it´s in the middle of the city, something like Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York.

There is also Casa de Campo, which is bigger but more wild. It´s in front of the Royal Palace and near the river. When the reform of the river is finished it´ll be easy for pedestrians to go from the center of Madrid to Casa de Campo by foot walking during 10-15 minutes.

This thread is really wonderful.I´m not objective because it´s my city, but I recognize you´´ve got an eye to show details and people of a place.
Thanks a lot for the information. I did see a marked resemblence to the Kew Gardens greenhouse in Palacio Cristal though the setting in which it is in beside the pond is simply fantastic. I did not visit the Casa del Campo but I am guessing it is the large green mass of trees you can see to the west of the Palacio Real. It will be interesting to see what the finished prodcut of the river project will be. And I do like picking out the detail in places because quite often - that is what makes a place different to everywhere else.

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Awesomeee photos mate!! They portray the city that I love so much very well. I've been there a couple of times (too few) myself, last time was last year and I can't wait to go back.. Thanks again for your photos!!
Well I think I share your love for Madrid as I too will hopefully be returning to Madrid for another break next year, perhaps the same time of year as I went this year around April/May time. Hope you enjoy your return.
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Old June 9th, 2009, 09:56 PM   #88
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Thanks a lot mate. To be honest, there wasn't much going on when I was there. Perhaps it was the early time of day. I noticed a lot of open-top drains and vehicles parked there but the traffic was flowing relatively well and nothing was abnormal. I have been told it is very noisy there now though . What are they doing exactly?

basically, they are making sidewalks wider and some underground parkings for residents
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Old June 13th, 2009, 08:40 PM   #89
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EL FIN
The Return

So after a delightful walk in the extensive Parque del Buen Retiro, it was a last walk back to the hotel before rushing off to Barajas Airport to fly home to Bristol. It was a nice way to end the trip to see Paseo del Prado from slightly different angle and to finish off in Plaza Santa Ana where I had had tea and dined the day before.


Casón del Buen Retiro


Calle Felipe IV


Calle Felipe IV, Real Academia Español


Calle Felipe IV, The Ritz


Calle Felipe IV, The Ritz


Calle del Prado


Calle del Prado


Calle del Prado, Plaza Santa Ana


Plaza Santa Ana


Plaza Santa Ana


Plaza Santa Ana


Calle Núnez


Plaza de Canalejas


Carrera de San Jerónimo


Puerta del Sol - The Emblem of Madrid

Thank you for watching - this thread will be updated following my next visit to Madrid. I hope you enjoyed this thread.
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Old June 14th, 2009, 02:25 AM   #90
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This has been a grat thread!! but, have you got pics of Barajas Airport?
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Wonderful again, Bristolmike. Were you able to visit the four towers or the modern museums, I mean from outside at least?Thanks again for the pix.
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Old July 4th, 2009, 02:52 PM   #92
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This has been a grat thread!! but, have you got pics of Barajas Airport?
Thanks very much. No sadly I did not get any photos of the airport. I was actually in the unphotogenic part of the airport as opposed to the most recent terminal with the bright yellow features and waving roof. Hopefully when I next go to Madrid I will be able to see it.

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Wonderful again, Bristolmike. Were you able to visit the four towers or the modern museums, I mean from outside at least?Thanks again for the pix.
No we did not get to the Four Towers or any part of the northern Paseo de Castellana. However this is most likely something to put into my next visit to Madrid within the next year.
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Amazing photos!!!
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Old June 4th, 2010, 07:26 PM   #95
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Thank Bristol Mike. I have enjoyed with your photos and I hope you can return to Madrid soon.
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Nice pictures of El retiro
I saw it in winter and its to see the contrast with good weather
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I know it's an old topic, but I've just seen it today. Your pictures are wonderful! Especially the ones from the Almudena Cathedral surroundings, I still remember how impressive it was. And El Retiro pictures too, I'd go to Madrid again just to walk in that park at least once more.

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I've just discovered this thread. What a superb collection of pictures!! Thank you so much for sharing - makes me want to visit Madrid ASAP!!
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Thank Bristol Mike. I have enjoyed with your photos and I hope you can return to Madrid soon.
Thanks Kaetzar, Madrid is just fantastic! Yes, hopefully I will be able to return with my parents as, ironically, they haven't yet been to Madrid. Certainly a trip to remember.

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Thank you! Yes Retiro was lovely, I've also seen pictures of Retiro amidst a snowstorm and it looks equally as inviting.

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I know it's an old topic, but I've just seen it today. Your pictures are wonderful! Especially the ones from the Almudena Cathedral surroundings, I still remember how impressive it was. And El Retiro pictures too, I'd go to Madrid again just to walk in that park at least once more.

Thank you very much, nice to see so many people coming back to it. Yes it's a lovely area around there, especially with the Square by el Teatro and Jardines de Sabatini. It was equally as impressive seeing the changing of the guard outside Palacio Real. And Retiro was just a beautiful way to end the trip.

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I've just discovered this thread. What a superb collection of pictures!! Thank you so much for sharing - makes me want to visit Madrid ASAP!!
Thanks very much, glad you like them! It's well worth the visit, though spring and autumn are probably the best times to go going by what people in Madrid say.
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I'll be going to Madrid in the beginning of may.
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