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  • 10

    Votes: 136 22.0%
  • 9.5

    Votes: 20 3.2%
  • 9

    Votes: 53 8.6%
  • 8.5

    Votes: 37 6.0%
  • 8

    Votes: 63 10.2%
  • 7.5

    Votes: 40 6.5%
  • 7

    Votes: 60 9.7%
  • 6.5

    Votes: 24 3.9%
  • 6

    Votes: 48 7.8%
  • 5.5

    Votes: 13 2.1%
  • 5

    Votes: 23 3.7%
  • 4.5

    Votes: 8 1.3%
  • 4

    Votes: 8 1.3%
  • 3.5

    Votes: 24 3.9%
  • Below 3.5

    Votes: 62 10.0%

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Madrid

Population : (2005) 3,228,359

Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. Residents are called Madrileños.

The city is located on the river Manzanares in the center of the country, between the autonomous communities of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha. Due to its economic output, standard of living, and market size, Madrid is considered the major financial center of the Iberian Peninsula; it hosts the head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies, as well as the headquarters of three of the world's 100 largest companies. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political center of Spain. The current mayor is Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, of the conservative Partido Popular.

As the capital of Spain, Madrid is a city of great cultural and political importance. While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the huge Royal Palace of Madrid; the Teatro Real (Royal theatre) with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro park, founded in 1631; the imposing 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain's historical archives; an archaeological museum of international reputation; and three superb art museums: Prado Museum, which hosts one of the finest art collections in the world, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, a museum of modern art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, housed in the renovated Villahermosa Palace.

The population of the city was 3.2 million (December 2005), while the estimated urban area population was 5.1 million. The entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area (urban area and suburbs) is calculated to be 5.84 million. The city spans a total of 607km² (234 sq mi).

Following the restoration of democracy in 1975 and Spain's integration into the European Union, Madrid has played an increasing role in European finances, marking the city as one of the most important European metropolises. Yet each district (or barrio in Spanish) still preserves its own feel.









 

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The city has some very nice architecture, too bad the skyline has a lot of big gaps. 6.5/10 now... most likely the skyline will look MUCH better when all of the projects going on are completed.
 

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I love this city. Ok the skyline isnt the best so i awared it 8.5. but only because if anyone visits that city you will fall in love with it. It clean and alive. If this site was down to the cit itself then madrid would get an easy 10. The food the ppl the night life. The monuments are so beautiful. Plaza Mayor is gorgeous!!!
My dream is now to live there in 3-4 years ! If you havent been there yet.. LEAVE tomoro!!!
 

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That white one one of the best boxes I have every seen
The rest of the city has a few towers of note
But nothing much compared to some of the skylines on here
so low vote of 5
 
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It is okay

Lots of buildings, but, not necessarily nice ones. But, then, there are also interesting and beautifully architectured buildings, I give it a 7/10
 

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I know our skyline isn't the best but just look at some of the urban photos i've put in here. Madrid doesn't have big 300m blocks but a lot of small, old skyscrapers. The Telefonica building was built in 1918 and was one of the first skyscrapers to be built in the whole of Europe.


Palacio de Telecomunicaciones:




This is one of my favourite urban sights in the world. The Gran Via and the Alcala street meeting at the Metropolis building. This is seen from the Puerta de Alcala.



Puerta de Alcala




Edificio Metropolis


Telefonica building (Gran Via)




Just wait because 2 towers of 250 m and another 2 of 215m are on their way...they also bring with them a cluster of 15 skyscrapers which are to be built in the next 10.15 years or so and that could easily surpass the 300m barrier and even reach 400m who knows???. Also their are a small group of not approved projects which include a 220m tower and another 50 storey (height unkown but to be between 200-250m).
Just for know the "madrileños" can be proud of living in one of the most lifefull, amusing and complete cities in Europe and one of the few which never sleeps (traffic jams can be seen at 3 or 4 am in the morning in the Gran Via and some streets have more people during the night than in daytime.)
So...it's just a matter of time :D
 
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Madrid looks like a beautiful city with stunning old architecture and alot of towers....I'll give it an 8!
 
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