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Madrid: Discovering the Cultural Radiance of the Landscape of Light.

Madrid, the fascinating capital of Spain, possesses cultural treasures that shine with their own light, and among them, the area known as the 'Landscape of Light' stands out. We do not cover this area in our tours at www.spain-walkingtours.com because it goes beyond a walking tour; it requires dedicating individual time to its monuments and surrounding museums. This route, stretching from Atocha Train Station to Cibeles Square and the Puerta de Alcalá, needs sufficient time allocated to each presented monument and museum.


The Paseo del Prado, the first urban tree-lined promenade in Europe, has been a recreational space since the 15th century, conditioned and beautified by Felipe II. Under the reign of Carlos III during the Enlightenment period, the most significant urban intervention in this enclave took place, where we find the famous Puerta de Alcalá and the Cibeles Fountain, dedicated to the goddess of the same name.


Some highlights of this area include:


The Prado Museum: Beacon of Art


We begin our journey at the renowned Prado Museum, one of the most important museums in the world. Home to masterpieces by Spanish artists such as Velázquez, Goya, and El Bosco, the Prado illuminates art history with its vast collection. Exploring its halls is immersing oneself in a cultural radiance that spans several centuries.


Museo Del Prado, Madrid, Espantable


Monastery of the Jerónimos: Witness to History


Next to the Prado Museum, we find the Monastery of the Jerónimos, a silent witness to the history of Madrid. Its majestic structures and architectural details capture attention, and inside, we discover a spectacular Renaissance cloister. This monastery has been closely linked to the life of the Court and the Spanish monarchy, frequently serving as the backdrop for historical events. It has been a common setting for funerals, heirs' oaths, weddings, and royal proclamations, with the latest being that of the former king, Juan Carlos I, father of the current king, Felipe VI.



Los Jerónimos, Madrid, España

Retiro Park: Oasis of Tranquility


We immerse ourselves in nature as we explore Retiro Park. This green oasis provides an escape from urban hustle, with its lush trees, serene ponds, and charming pathways. Here, we find notable buildings like the Crystal Palace and surprising monuments such as the statue of the fallen angel.


Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro , Madrid


Exceptional Concentration of Institutions and Monuments


In this area, you'll find iconic institutions and monuments such as the Palacio de Cibeles, the spectacular headquarters of the Madrid City Council, housing the "Centro Centro" museum and terraced bars offering spectacular views. There's also the Banco de España building, the Casa de América, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the nearby Congress of Deputies building, among others.


World Heritage: Global Recognition


In 2021, UNESCO awarded the "Landscape of Light" the prestigious title of World Heritage, highlighting its cultural and artistic significance.


Conclusion: Discover the Light of Madrid


Madrid's "Landscape of Light" goes beyond being a combination of monuments and green spaces; it's a luminous experience that reveals the cultural richness of the city. Immerse yourself in the masterpieces of the Prado, explore the history at Los Jerónimos, and relax in Retiro. This corner of Madrid invites you to discover the light that has illuminated the city's history for centuries. Come and experience it!

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