[Photo Journal] Palacio de Cristal and Plaza Mayor

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Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Palacio de Cristal

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This is definitely one of the must-see places in Madrid. According to this Wikipedia post:

The Palacio de Cristal (“Crystal Palace”) is a glass and metal structure located in Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park. It was built in 1887 to exhibit flora and fauna from the Philippines, then a Spanish colonial possession.

This website has even more information about the Crystal Palace:

Located in the centre of the Buen Retiro Park in central Madrid is an imposing glass palace modelled on London’s Crystal Palace. It was built around 36 years after its London counterpart in 1887, and designed by the architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco.

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Currently, the palace is being used for contemporary art exhibitions as you can see above, organized through the Reina Sofia Museum.

This was the ongoing exhibit while we were there.

Mandatory photographs. But of course.

Plaza Mayor

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From Wikipedia:

The Plaza Mayor (English Main Square) was built during Philip III’s reign (1598–1621) and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid, Spain. It is located only a few Spanish blocks away from another famous plaza, the Puerta del Sol.

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While the plaza is never empty, I find that it isn’t overly crowded with tourists as well.

More mandatory photographs. Clearly, I fell in love with Madrid.

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