Madrid is the capital city of Spain, making it an immediate attraction for both foreigners and Spaniards living in other cities and regions. The city has several attraction sites that are impressive and memorable. You can't afford to leave this city out of your list of places to visit.
Arms-and-armor aficionados gravitate to this entertaining collection on the so-called museum mile. Among thousands of items displayed are suits of armor, unusual pistols, a cross carried by Christopher Columbus and a sword believed to have been El Cid’s.
Church of San Nicolas
The red brick tower of the Church of San Nicolas is one of the oldest buildings in Madrid, possibly built as part of an Arab mosque. Others believe it was built after the Christian conquest of 1085. Brickwork and horseshoe arches indicate it was crafted by either Moorish workers or Spaniards. Exhibits inside detail the Islamic history of early Madrid.
Opulence reigns within the 2,800 Royal Palace rooms where a two-hour guided tour winds along for more than a mile of gilded splendor. Highlights include King Carlos III’s private Rococo décor apartments, the grand throne room and the banquet hall seating up to 140 for state dinners. The royal library has a first edition of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, the royal music museum has five stringed instruments by Stradivarius, and the royal pharmacy has vials and flasks used for the king’s medications.
As the newest of Madrid’s three major art centers, the Thyssen’s collection of 800 paintings traces the history of Western art. Showcased are examples from 13th century Italian Gothic through 20th century American Pop. Works were assembled by Swiss industrialist Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his father. In 1993, the baron, urged on by his wife (a former Miss Spain), gave the collection to Spain.
Taberna de Antonio Sanchez
As Madrid’s oldest tavern, looking much as it did when opening in 1830, the Antonio Sanchez has dark walls lined with bullfighting paintings, a zinc bar and a pulley system for hoisting wine casks from the cellar. Meals are served in a rear dining room, with bull’s tail stew among specialties.
There are several attractions in Madrid that wait to be explored so take your time and head down there for a life changing experience
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