In the Footsteps of Muslim Madrid

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  • A little bit of history
  • What to see
  • Places of culture, places of worship
  • Food and drink

In 865, Muhammad I, son of Abd-ar-Rahman II, ordered the construction of a small palace and a citadel in Magerit, an Arabic translation of the pre-Muslim name given to the site, Matrice, which means ‘source of water’, since the site was near a stream that flowed along present-day Calle de Segovia.

Two centuries later, in 1083, the citadel was conquered by Alfonso VI the Brave, King of León and Castile. The village was inhabited by Muslims, Jews and Christians. The modern name ‘Madrid’ derives from the combination of the Muslim and the Christian names.

 

 

DON’T MISS

History, what to see, places of worship, gastronomy and lifestyle... Discover the Muslim Madrid.

Madrid is a great halal destination for a holiday or business trip with Muslim-friendly hotels, restaurants and a whole range of other services.

A meeting point between Spain and the Arab world, this cultural institution hosts exhibitions, films, talks among other activities.

An Islamic cultural institution that houses Spain’s biggest Mosque, located in the Ciudad Lineal district.

  • The tireless quest for a distinctly Spanish style resulted, between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in the construction of bullrings, railway stations, schools, factories and homes that we now identify as examples of Neo-Mudéjar architecture.

    Neo-Mudéjar, A Spanish Architectural Style
  • Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, 1929. Obra de José Espelius. Foto de Álvaro López del Cerro.
  • Madrid boasts an array of public parks and gardens from the Casa de Campo, Spain's largest green space, to El Retiro Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Parks and Gardens
  • Lago de la Casa de Campo

OFFICIAL PRODUCTS

An observation deck at 92 metres.

Our online store (in Spanish) sells artisan souvenirs.

The Tourist bus is back on 19 November!

  • Muslim, Jewish and Hindu Madrid: one city, a zillion cultures. Learn how and where to unveil these fabulous civilisations.

    Other Cultures
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