Here are the essential places to visit in Madrid, Spain. The selection is made using the FavRiver scoring system which takes into account the most relevant metrics and expert reviews.
Last update : Jun 29, 2019
21Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida
The Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida (Spanish: Real Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida) is a Neoclassical chapel in central Madrid. The chapel is best known for its ceiling and dome frescoes by Francisco Goya. It is also his former burial place.
Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida
22Plaza del Dos de Mayo
The Plaza del Dos de Mayo is an urban square in Madrid, Spain. It is the neuralgic centre of the Malasaña area, within the administrative neighborhood of Universidad.
Its name remembers the Dos de Mayo Uprising in 1808 that marked the beginning of the Spanish War of Independence. The plaza features a monumental arch in its centre dedicated to Luis Daoíz and Pedro Velarde, two soldiers fallen to the French army on 2 May 1808 who became heroes in the national imaginary. The area was the place where the Monteleón Artillery barracks lied in 1808 and where the heroic defense of the aforementioned "martyrs" took place.
In 1868 there was already an open semicircular space, but it left much to be desired. The municipal authorities, aware of the potential symbolic value, decided to refurbish and put the area in value. Following the demolishing of the Convent of Las Maravillas, the remains of the palace of the Dukes of Monteleón and further housing in order to create a gardened space with the monumental arch in its centre, the area was inaugurated on 1 May 1869.
More recently, the plaza became a preferential location for casual alcohol consumption.
Plaza del Dos de Mayo
23Lázaro Galdiano Museum
The Lázaro Galdiano Museum (Spanish: Museo Lázaro Galdiano) is a museum located in Madrid, Spain. It houses the art collection of José Lázaro Galdiano.
The palatial building was constructed in 1903 as the residence of Lázaro Galdiano and his wife and is set within grounds that also hold the library containing Galdiano's important collection of incunabula and manuscripts. The conversion to a museum has respected the original interiors, which feature elaborate baroque painted ceilings commissioned by Galdiano, and the building was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1962.
The museum contains important collections of valuable works from the prehistoric period to the nineteenth century, with a focus on Iberian work. Major categories include jewellery, small bronzes, both ecclesiastical and domestic silver, ceramics, carved ivory, and numismatics. Objects come not only from Iberia but also from major centers of medieval artistry, including Limoges and Egypt. While the Renaissance is especially well represented, the collection features important early medieval objects, including Visigothic work, and works crafted by Iberia's ancient Celtic culture.
The painting collection includes work by:Bosch (St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness),
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Goya (Witches' Sabbath and other works)
George Romney
John Constable (Landscape of Flatford)
Nicolaes Maes (one female portrait)
David Teniers the Younger
Erasmus Quellinus II (The Virgin and the Child)
Giulio Clovio (one miniature on vellum)
Bernardo Cavallino (St. Stephen)
Lorenzo Tiepolo
El Greco (St. Francis; The Adoration of the Magi)
Joshua Reynolds
Velázquez (Head of woman)
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Saint Rose of Lima)
Luis Paret (The shop of Geniani)
Federico de Madrazo
Lázaro Galdiano Museum
24National Archaeological Museum, Madrid
The National Archaeological Museum (Spanish: Museo Arqueológico Nacional) is a museum in Madrid, Spain. It is located on Serrano Street beside the Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square), sharing its building with the National Library.
The museum was founded in 1867 by a Royal Decree of Isabella II as a depository for numismatic, archaeological, ethnographical and decorative art collections of the Spanish monarchs.
The museum was originally located in the Embajadores district of Madrid. In 1895, it moved to a building designed specifically to house it, a neoclassical design by architect Francisco Jareño, built from 1866 to 1892. In 1968, renovation and extension works considerably increased its area. The museum closed for renovation in 2008 and reopened in April 2014. The remodelled museum concentrates on its core archaeological role, rather than decorative arts.
Its collection is based on pieces from the Iberian Peninsula, from Prehistory to Early-Modern Age. However, it also has different collections coming from outside of Spain, especially from Ancient Greece, both from the metropolitan and, above all, from Magna Graecia, and, to a lesser extent, from Ancient Egypt, in addition to "a small number of pieces" from Near East.
National Archaeological Museum, Madrid
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