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Basílica de San Francisco el Grande

Attractions

This huge, multi-tiered church between Puerta de Toledo and the Palacio Real is difficult to miss. A monastery on the site, reputedly founded by Saint...

Plaza de San Francisco
Free

Bolsa de Comercio de Madrid

Attractions

In the same plaza as the Hotel Ritz, Madrid's stock exchange is a landmark as well as a business centre. Enrique María Repullés won the competition to...

Plaza de la Lealtad 1
Free

Campo del Moro

Attractions

This vast garden was named after a Muslim leader in the Middle Ages, Ali Ben Yusut, who attempted to capture the fortress that is now the Palacio Real....

Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto
Free

Centro Cultural Casa de Vacas

Attractions

This exhibition space in the Retiro, close to the boating lake, is run by the local council and offers shows on a variety of subjects, ranging from...

Parque del Retiro
Free

Centro Cultural Conde Duque

Critics' choice
Attractions

Housed in a former barracks, built in the 18th century for Philip V's guard by Pedro de Ribera, the magnificently restored Conde Duque is a multipurpose...

C/Conde Duque 11
Free

Congreso de los Diputados (Las Cortes)

Attractions

Spain's parliament, the Cortes, was built in 1843-50 by Narciso Pascual y Colomer on the site of a recently demolished monastery, which has led to no end of...

Plaza de las Cortes
Free

Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida

Attractions

This plain neo-classical chapel was completed by Felipe Fontana for Charles IV in 1798. Quite out of the way, north of Príncipe Pío station on the Paseo de...

Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida 5
Free

Fundación Juan March

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

This cultural foundation, set up by the wealthy financier Juan March in 1955, is one of the most important in Europe. Each year, a couple of major...

C/Castelló 77
Free

La Casa Encendida

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

This exciting new multidisciplinary centre in a large neo-Mudéjar building was conceived as a space for cultural interchange. Spread over four floors, the...

Ronda de Valencia 2
Free

La Residencia de Estudiantes

Attractions, Museums

From its foundation in 1910 until the war in 1936, The Residencia de Estudiantes was the most vibrant cultural centre in Madrid, and a powerful innovative...

C/Pinar 21-23
Free

Museo De Los Origenes

Attractions, Museums

Dedicated to the city's patron saint, the well-digger and labourer San Isidro, this museum sits on the spot where he supposedly lived and performed one of...

Plaza de San Andrés 2
Free

Observatorio Astronómico

Attractions, Museums

One of Charles III's scientific institutions, the Observatorio was completed after his death in 1790. Beautifully proportioned, it is Madrid's finest...

C/Alfonso XII 3
Free

Palacio de Cristal

Attractions, Museums

This 1880s glass and wrought-iron construction, an outpost of the Reina Sofía, is a lovely, luminous space for viewing art. Shows here often involve...

Parque del Retiro
Free

Palacio de Liria

Art, Attractions, Museums

This sober, neo-classical palace, completed in 1783 and refurbished in the 1910s by Edwin Lutyens, is still very much the private property of Spain's...

C/Princesa 20
Free

Palacio de Velázquez

Art, Attractions, Museums

Built by Ricardo Velázquez for a mining exhibition in 1883, this pretty brick and tile building amid the trees of the Retiro is topped by large iron and...

Parque del Retiro
Free
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