Sights & Monuments

Puerta de Alcalá. Photo: José Barea. 

sights & monuments

From historical buildings to new icons of architecture, Madrid is home to impressive buildings and monuments that you shouldn't miss while you are visiting the city.

Plaza Mayor
This porticoed square lies at the heart of Hapsburg Madrid, the old part of the city and one of its most charming districts. Before became a capital city, with its wide avenues and boulevards, its footprint consisted of narrow streets, alleys and passageways, which today take us back to the times of swashbuckling swordsmen and medieval rogues.
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Home to the Kings of Spain from Carlos III to Alfonso XIII, the palace is now open to the public. Visitors can wander through its many rooms, enjoying the beautiful architecture and stunning art collection. Though it is no longer the royal family´s home, it is still their official residence and the place where public acts and official ceremonies are held.
Cathédrale de l'Almudena
Consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993, Madrid's cathedral houses works of great artistic value, including a 15th-century altarpiece by Juan de Borgoña, sculptures by Juan Martínez Montañés and a 17th-century painting by Francisco Ricci. The dome which crowns the building offers a spectacular view over the city.
Visit this unique 16th century building which was originally home to King Carlos I and his wife Isabel of Portugal, and was later converted into a convent for the Barefoot Order of Franciscan nuns by their daughter Doña Juana. Tucked away in a quiet square just a few streets away from the bustling Puerta del Sol, it is a must visit.
Arènes de Las Ventas
Every year as the bullfighting season comes around, the Plaza Monumental de Las Ventas is filled to its 23,798-seat capacity with fans applauding the bravery of the matadors. Sign up for the Tauro Tour, a guided visit around the entire building and enjoy a glimpse into the many hidden corners of this magnificent arena.
Templo de Debod 
Renowned among Madrileños as an ideal place to watch stunning sunsets, this incredible monument, which is over two thousand years old, was brought over from Egypt and built stone by stone in the heart of Madrid. After taking a delightful walk around the park, step into the temple's interior for a very interesting visit.

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