Madrid is the capital of Spain, as well as its largest city. It exerts considerable influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts, which has earned it the status as one of the world’s major global cities. The city enjoys a high standard of living and has been ranked as the 10th most livable city in the world, and is among the 12 greenest European cities in 2010. Madrid is also Spain’s most touristic city, with its well preserved historic neighborhoods, an array of inspiring art galleries, a lively nightlife, good music, great food and friendly people.
If you plan to visit Madrid, here are some things you might want to include in your itinerary:
The Museo del Prado-the Museo del Prado contains the best collection of classical art in Madrid, and one of the finest art collections in the world. The museum contains a diverse set of collections which range from the Spanish ( Goya, El Greco and Velazquez), to the Flemish and Dutch (Rubens, van Dyck, and Brueghel); the Italian (Boticelli, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, and Veronese), and the German. One particular highlight of the museum includes The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch.
The Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Center contains plenty of Pablo Picasso’s esteemed masterpieces, including the famous Guernica. The museum also contains works by Miro Kandinsky, Dali, and Bacon, among others.
The Puerta Del Sol is considered the heart of Madrid, and one of its busiest places, where locals often choose to meet. To the plaza’s north side is the famous statue of a bear climbing the madroῆo tree, which is the symbol for Madrid. Within the same area, just in front of Madrid’s Capital building, the Kilometer Zoo, a plaque which shows the point where the measuring of national highways begins, is displayed. New Year’s celebrations are often broadcasted from this place every year.
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