• Cibeles Fountain - a fountain in the square of the same name in Madrid

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Prado Museum

Prado Museum

The Prado Museum, officially known as Museo Nacional del Prado, is deservedly one of the most famous museums in the world. Since the gallery first opened two hundred years ago, its collections have grown to include over 7000 paintings (although only around 1500 are currently on display). The collection includes Spanish art from Velázquez and some dark works of Goya, as well as some works by several Flemish masters: Peter Paul Rubens, Pieter Bruegel, and Anton Van Dyck.
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Buen Retiro Park

Buen Retiro Park

In Spanish, this park is called "Jardines del Buen Retiro" or "Parque del Buen Retiro", which means "the park of pleasant retreat". It is, with its 350 acres, one of the largest parks in Madrid and became open to the public in the late 19th century—before that, it belonged to the Spanish royal family. Some of the things you can enjoy here, with the right timing, are puppet shows, book fairs, and free concerts. You can also rent a rowboat and paddle your way around the Estanque, or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage.
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Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid

The biggest royal palace in Europe, the Palacio Real de Madrid, has a whopping surface of 135,000 m2 and 3418 rooms. Not only is the building itself a beautiful attraction, but it also offers glorious gardens outside and beautiful frescoes, furniture, and paintings inside. This magnificent creation dating from 1764 was built to replace the Alcázar castle that had burned down thirty years before. Visitors are given access to almost the entire palace, including the Armoury and Pharmacy.
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Flamenco

Flamenco

Madrid is a city renowned all over the world for its excellent Flamenco performances, and the popular dance can be seen in several taverns and bars around the city. Flamenco is not only a dance but also the music to which the dance is performed. It originated in Andalusia and is known mostly for songs accompanied by guitar and complex techniques of foot-stomping, hand-clapping, and the use of castanets. The best place to go for a breathtaking exhibit of Flamenco is "Corral de la Moreria".
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