Made of steel and glass, this fine old railway station building was designed by the Basque architect Ricardo Velázquez ... More
Estación de Atocha
Made of steel and glass, this fine old railway station building was designed by the Basque architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, who was also responsible for the Palacio de Cristal in Retiro Park. It has been stylishly converted into tropical gardens under glass with an elegant first-floor restaurant. There's a permanent display of sculpture in the hall that leads to the new station. In summer you can visit the popular terrace-bar that's set up outside. It was built in 1892 for the Rothschilds, who controlled the development of the railways at that time. Unfortunately, the Atocha Station was one of the locations of the 11-M terrorist attack that took place on March 11, 2004. In 2007, a big glass memorial monument was inaugurated outside of the station. This monument contains the names of all the victims and the condolence messages of Madrid's population.
Not everyone will appreciate the humidity that comes with an indoor forest and turtle pond. But shoot... a Turtle Pond!! I don't want to be the sole naysayer, but I have to say... the lineups for the bathrooms are HUGE at peak times, so, uh, go at the hotel first.
If you find yourself at the Atocha station to change trains, maybe to head out of town for the day to Toledo or Segovia, make sure to get out of the gate and Metro areas and check out the old station. It is worth a little time. Also, outside across the street is some great architecture.
You might wonder why a city like Madrid, which couldn't be further from the sea, has a lighthouse. This huge,
circular, glass fronted deck on top of a 92 meter high steel column is really just an elaborate viewing ...
Enjoy a little peace and natural beauty in this little garden full of trees, statues, and fountains. It's located alongside
the north wing of the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) where the stables used to be. It's usually quiet in ...
This is the stretch of Paseo de la Castellana that connects Plaza de Colón to Cibeles Fountain . It's spacious
and attractive with garden boulevards between the sidewalks. On your way, you'll pass by some famous landmarks worth visiting, ...
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