Palacio de Cristal, Madrid!

So why not tell of the other palace in the Retiro park of my beloved Madrid! There is so much on this park alone to make a couple days in my Madrid! We love it, family love it ,and I am in love since teen years living there; a must for me to visit and of course will be yours too if see it.

I have written a lot of posts on my Madrid here, but seldom a single post on this Crystal Palace (the Spanish translated to Glass palace!) but it was done similar to the one in London. It deserves a single entry on its owns merits. Therefore, here is my contribution to the Palacio de Cristal of Madrid!

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The Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace)  is a metal and crystal structure located in the Parque del Buen Retiro (Retiro Park) of Madrid. It was built in 1887 on the occasion of the exhibition of the Philippine Islands, held that same year. The majestic structure of 22 meters high opened its doors!. It was the first non industrial building of its genre that saw the day in Spain. Nowdays, contemporary art exhibitions are currently held.

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It was built inspired by the Crystal Palace, erected in London in 1851.  The structure is metal, and is completely covered by glass plates, hence its name. The ceramic decoration used in small friezes and finials highlight the figures of grotesques with heads of mallards. The Palacio de Cristal, in the shape of a Greek cross, is made almost entirely of glass set in an iron framework on a brick base, which is decorated with ceramics. Its domed roofs makes the structure over 22 meters high.

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At its feet is an artificial lake and there is a staircase that is immersed inside it, where you can find several specimens of Cypress marsh trees, whose main characteristic is that part of its trunk and its roots are under water. The building is surrounded by  chestnuts trees. The Lake contains ducks. geese, black swans and terrapins, who will swim close to the steps, or you can hire boats on the lake for a closer view.

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On May 10, 1936, the Palacio de Cristal at the Retiro park was the scene in which Manuel Azaña was elected as President of the Republic. The courts had remained small to host the mixed assembly of Deputies and Commissioners and the Crystal Palace was chosen for voting and inauguration of  Azaña, the only candidate!.

Nowadays, it is part of the Reina Sofía Museum, and in its interior there are exhibitions of contemporary art.

Located at the Paseo Républica de Cuba ,inside the Retiro park. Go there by Metro lines 1 Atocha, Line 9 Ibiza, and line 2 Retiro. Also , Renfe-Atocha trains and bus lines  2, 15, 19, 20, 26, 28, 51, 52, 61, 74, 146, and 152.

Some webpages to help you plan your visit here ,which is a must, are

City of Madrid on the Palacio de Cristal

Tourist office of Madrid on the Crystal Palace

Official Reina Sofia museum on venues such as the Crystal palace

There you, covered the two wonderful palaces in the enormous beautiful Retiro park of my beloved Madrid. Again, I like to repeat this famous old phrase; “From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day!” Enjoy the Palacio de Cristal!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

 

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