Architecture of Madrid – Wanderlust @80

“There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day.” – Ernest Hemingway

Madrid is the capital of Spain and is a vibrant city, but is not as cosmopolitan as the neighbouring Barcelona. The architecture of Madrid has preserved the look of history even though there is already a lot of modern infrastructures.

Puerta de Alcala is a neoclassical triumphal arch made of granite, which was designed by Sabatini and erected in 1778. Each side of the gate has a different design, this one I have here, is the one first seen by people when they first arrive in Madrid. At the top of the gate are four children which signifies the the cardinal virtues: fortitude, justice, temperance and prudence.

This is the view on the other side of the triumphal arch. It has war trophies such as flags, weapons, breastplates and helmets

This is night time in Plaza Mayor, which is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Madrid. This building dates back to the 16th century and is surrounded by 237 balconies and in the centre is a statue of King Philip III and his horse. It was once used for public executions and town meetings, now, it is a great way to relax at al fresco, with cafes and restaurants all around.

The Plaza de Toros de las Ventas in Barrio Salamanca, Madrid is the third largest bullring stadium in the world.

Plaza de Cibeles is a square with a neoclassical complex of marble sculptures with fountains that has become an iconic symbol of the city of Madrid. (Wikipedia)

It was formerly known as the Palace of Communication in 1919, then it became a post office, then since 2007, has been the seat of the Madrid City Council.

One of the most photographed buildings in Madrid is the Metropolis Building. It is a beautiful office building that sits on the corner of Calle de Alcala and Gran Vie, for everyone to admire. It is a Beaux Art architecture which is an extremely elegant French style which can be characterised by conservative lines and impressive sculptures.

The San Jeronimo el Real is a Roman Catholic church from the early 16th century in centre of Madrid.

A portion of this now serves as the Prado Museum.

Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. But now it is mostly used for state ceremonies.



















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