Located opposite the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), this is the city's largest, most elegant and peaceful square. It's a ... More
Plaza de Oriente
Located opposite the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), this is the city's largest, most elegant and peaceful square. It's a semi-circle of landscaped gardens planted with many varieties of trees and flowers. Statues of medieval kings line one of the walkways and Felipe IV takes center stage. The horse he sits on was modeled after a Velázquez drawing. It's an attractive pedestrianized area with an underground parking lot and many smart cafes with outdoor terraces to choose from. The Teatro Real (Opera House) is just around the corner.
Two modern sculptures commemorate the discovery of the Americas in this central square. You'll see Joaquín Vaquero Turcios' chunky cement
blocks decorated with inscriptions by philosophers and indigenous leaders on the Calle Serrano side, and a more traditional sculpture ...
Built of granite, glass and metal, the angle at which these towers lean is simply spectacular. They're 27 stories high
and a shining example of how dynamic and modern Madrid has become. Their official name is Puerta de Europa ...
Neptune's Fountain stands in green and peaceful Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, a totally different atmosphere from the hurly burly surrounding
its sister fountain, Cibeles, up the road. Carlos III had it built by Ventura Rodríguez in 1780 as part ...