Journey to Madrid, Spain: 30 Striking Photographs

Today, Genius Journey put together a collection of 30 striking photographs of Madrid, Spain.

San Lorenzo del Escorial

San Lorenzo del Escorial
Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial , Madrid, Spain

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Plaza de la Ópera, Madrid.

Plaza de la Ópera, Madrid.
The Plaza de la Ópera is a square located in the center of Madrid. Arrieta, Campomanes, Carlos, Carlos III and Isabel II are some of the most important streets that lead to the Plaza de Arenal from Puerta del Sol. It was until century XVII a center of collection of waters in Madrid (point of meeting of water bearers). Being also an area laundry. It has a quadrangular plan and occupies the site of the former Teatro de los Caños del Peral, which, from its opening in 1738 until its demolition in 1817.

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Templo de Debod

Crystal Palace Retiro Park

Streets of Madrid

Streets of Madrid
25 años Museo Nacional Thyssen Bornemisza. Madrid.

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The Tower of Madrid

The Tower of Madrid
The Tower of Madrid is a skyscraper of Madrid (Spain). It is 142 meters high and was built between 1954 and 1960. It is the 6th tallest building in Madrid.

It was designed by the brothers Julián and José María Otamendi Machimbarrena as commission of the Metropolitan Real Estate Company, for whom they had already built the Edificio España. Precisely next to the latter, and in the plot delimited by the northwest side of the Plaza de España and the beginning of Princesa Street, the new construction would be built.

Due to its central location (next to the end of Gran Vía), the Tower of Madrid has been an emblematic building of the city. Along with the Spain Building, 117 meters, also located in the Plaza de España, form an interesting architectural ensemble. Both enjoy protection by the City of the capital.

It houses both homes and offices. As to the second, it is a characteristic feature of the buildings in the area in which it is located, such as the Gran Vía. However, its height is significantly higher than the latter, most of them built in the beginning Of the century XX, and that do not surpass the hundred meters.

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The Spain Building

The Spain Building
The Spain Building is a skyscraper of Madrid (Spain) located in Plaza de España at the end of the Gran Via. With its 25 floors and 117 meters high, it is the eighth tallest building in the Spanish capital and forms together with the neighboring skyscraper Torre Madrid, one of the most important architectural complexes in the city.

The multifunctional building housed until 2006 the Crowne Plaza Hotel, a shopping center, apartments, and offices. Since that date it is empty and unused.

The building was begun in 1948 by the Metropolitan Real Estate Company (owned by the Otamendi), in the lot that forms the chamfer of the Plaza de España with Princesa Street. It was finished in 1953 in neo-baroque style, being the work of the engineer José María Otamendi (who calculated the concrete structure) and the architect Julián Otamendi (design of plans and the baroque cover of its main façade). It has a staggered silhouette in four heights.

It is a building that stands out in the Plaza España for its great symmetry of facade, surpassed in height by the tower of Madrid. It has 65,000 square meters, and had a service of 29 elevators that was record in the time of the fifties.

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Palacio de Cristal. Madrid.

The Retiro Park

The Retiro Park
The Retiro Park or Buen Retiro Park, popularly known as El Retiro, is a historic garden and public park located in Madrid (Spain). Considered as one of the main tourist attractions of the city, it houses numerous architectural, sculptural and landscape collections from the 17th to the 21st centuries, among which stand out the Alfonso XII Monument, the Crystal Palace, the Grande Estanque, the Parterre, the Puerta de Felipe IV, the Royal Astronomical Observatory and the Source of the Artichoke; And even earlier, such as the Romanesque hermitage of San Pelayo and San Isidoro.

It was built in the first half of the seventeenth century within the landscape project developed for the Buen Retiro Palace, an old royal possession created by the Count-Duke of Olivares (1587-1645) for the enjoyment of Philip IV (1605-1665) Who was his valid. Its use as an urban park dates back to 1767, the year Carlos III (1716-1788) allowed the public to enter for recreational purposes and, definitively, from 1868, when it came under the ownership of the City of Madrid.


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The Palacio de Cristal, Madrid

The Palacio de Cristal,  Madrid
The Palacio de Cristal is situated in the Parque del Retiro in Madrid. It was inspired by it's British namesake "The Crystal Palace" in London. It was built in 1887 to exhibit flora and fauna from the Philippines. It is no longer used as a greenhouse as it has now been converted into a gallery which hosts temporary art exhibitions.
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