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September 4, 2019

Once again at Retiro park!

Oh yes once again at Retiro park in my beloved Madrid, and can come back a thousand times and still will missed it once leaving. Because the Retiro park for me is part of what we say , from Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day!

What can I say more of the Parque del Buen Retiro or Retiro park in my beloved Madrid. I have several posts on it in my blog so will try to make it short this time due to my latest visit to the lovely city. I grew up as early teen near it and spent many days running all over it and meeting friends and girlfriends and the works. Coming back to Madrid even if it is a lot more touristic now ,is a must to visit.

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The visit this time is more relevant coming with my young men sons and talking about my escapades of old and seeing them enjoy it too.

You know this was a Royal park and even if cutoff a lot still has 125 hectares or 4,5 km of perimeter; from the beginning it was much larger something like 145 hectares. It was created from 1630 to 1640. The park has a big pond ,basin, lake as you like in a rectangular fashion where there is a huge monument to king Alfonso XII with his equestrian statue in bronze done in 1904. There is also a rosary or roselada and 12 other statues , fountains and two palaces such as Cristal and Velazquez. There is an Egyptian fountain, kiosks for food, boat rentals, bike rentals jogging trails, and exercise trails, Chinese pagoda etc etc.  It has about 19000 trees of 167 different species.  In its territory there is the Roayl National Observatory, and remnants of the Hermitage of San Pelayo and San Isidoro (Saint Pelagius and Saint Isidore) .

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The Buen Retiro makes reference to the functionality of the now gone Cuarto Real(Royal quarters), a site annex to the Monastery of the Jerónimos , where the kings retire to meditate or entertainment.

All wonderful for a day or weekend family trip now. The Retiro park is a candidate for Unesco World Heritage Site under the name “El Paseo del Prado y el Buen Retiro. Paisaje de las Artes y las Ciencias” or sort of the Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, landscapes of Arts and Sciences.

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I think this will do , you can search in my blog for Retiro and see all the previous entries on it. It is a must in Madrid by all now; you cannot come to the city and not visited it. Remember the Parque del Buen Retiro or simply Retiro park in Madrid of course!

There is a link in English from the tourist office of Madrid here:

tourist office of Madrid on Retiro park in English

And this is from the city of Madrid with a pdf file that has a map you can print even if the text is in Spanish; the map is worth it. City of Madrid brochure on Retiro with map in Spanish

Until next time in Madrid because God willing there will always be a next time for Madrid!

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

 

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September 4, 2019

Museo Casa de la Moneda, Madrid!

The tour continues of my lovely Madrid, always Madrid! I guess we all have a favorite city not necessarily the most famous but the one that hits your heart. Madrid is it for me!, and had the honor of living and or working in some of the most known cities in the world.

Let me show you a museum, but different, one we can still use every day, as it is a money mint museum! This is the case of the Museo Casa de la Moneda of Madrid! 

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The Museo Casa de la Moneda  or House of Money Museum is a permanent exhibition of the National Mint and Stamps Factory in Madrid. It contains the largest numismatic collection in Spain and one of the most complete in Europe.

The origins of the museum date back to the 18C and are closely linked to the figure of Tomás Francisco Prieto, General Engraver of the Mint of King Carlos III. Mr Prieto was Director of Engraving at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando and founder, in 1771, of an Engraving School in which artists were formed who would later work at the Royal Mint of Spain and its colonies. The initial core of the museum was a collection of drawings, prints, old books, coins and medals made by Prieto to help in the teaching of his students. It was bought by King Carlos III, expanding it with acquisitions and donations.

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In 1867, during the reign of Isabel II, the original collection of the Mint Museum was first exhibited to the public in the former Casa de la Moneda building in Plaza de Colón. It remained there until 1964, when it was moved to the current location on Calle Doctor Esquerdo No. 36. Admission is free.  Get there from Metro O’Donnell line 6 circular or Goya lines 2 and 4.

The National Mint and Stamp Factory was founded in 1893 with the merger of two independent organizations: the Mint and the Stamp Factory. Since 1861 both institutions had shared the same building in Plaza de Colón, although they were independent and had separate administrations. Later move as above.

The numismatic collection starts from its origins, passing through Greece, Rome, Hispania, the Middle Ages, the Catholic Monarchs, the House of Austria and the House of Bourbon. Two rooms with coins from the 19C to the 21C are also included. Also, the museum has rooms dedicated to the medal, graphic arts, sealed paper, lotteries, philately, as well as temporary exhibitions and some examples of minting machinery and verification of authenticity of bills.

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The numismatics collection is one of the largest in the Museum. You can explore the history of the currency from its origins (first coinage in electron, from 7C BC), through the Greek and Roman series, which exhibit important specimens such as coins minted in Syracuse, Athens, Aegina, etc … and arrive until the first emissions of the Roman Republic. As for the medieval period, the Museum offers a significant sample of the gold minting of the Suevian and Visigoth kings and a broad representation of Islamic emissions in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as of the Christian kings during the Reconquest. The modern and contemporary currency series range from the Catholic Monarchs to the current euro issues.

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The Museum of Money or Museo Casa de la Moneda, also gathers all the issues of Spanish Post stamps printed since its creation in 1850, in addition to the elements used in its manufacture: original drawings, irons, state tests, coats, etc. The Museum also has about 2,000 letters with pre stamps marks from the 18C and 19C, prior to the appearance and use of the postage stamp.

Really a nice place to visit and good for the whole family, we enjoyed very much with the boys. Surprise, even thus lived not far from here and visit often the city, this was my first time inside lol!  Goes to show you Madrid has endless possibilities of wonderful places to see and enjoy!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official museo casa de la moneda in English

Official mint factory in English

Tourist office of Madrid on the museo casa de la moneda in English

And there you go another jewel in my lovely Madrid and easy to get to from the city center on an area near where I used to lived not far from Retiro park and lately on visits stayed in hotels nearby.  Enjoy the Museo Casa de la Moneda!

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

 

 

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