Museo Histórico Minero D. Felipe de Borbón y Grecia, Madrid
calle de Ríos Rosas, 21, Madrid 28003
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There's lots of interesting things to see in this museum, located in the School of Mining. The building itself is so ... More
Museo Histórico Minero D. Felipe de Borbón y Grecia
There's lots of interesting things to see in this museum, located in the School of Mining. The building itself is so impressive it was declared a national historical monument. The beautiful library holds 7000 volumes. There's a fascinating collection of instruments and models relating to the science and industry of mining. Visitors also get the chance to go underground in the garden in the Marcelo Jorissen Mine-Museum (a 50 meter deep reproduction of a coal mine). The collection of minerals, fossils and rocks (10,000 in total) includes silver from Guadalajara and metallic sulphur from Germany. The fossil collection contains examples of almost every plant and animal found on the planet today. Collectors come from far and wide to visit the public market selling minerals, fossils and gems in the hallway.
In 1798, Goya himself painted the frescoes on the dome in here and the result is charged with his usual
expressive detail and originality. Called Milagro de San Antonio de Padua, it represents one of his most important works. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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