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January 30, 2022

The streets of Madrid!!

For me it is always Madrid time. I come back to this wonderful historic ,architecturally stunning, and humane friendly city of my youth and ever lasting life. Madrid is and will be Madrid to heavens and a hole in the sky to look down on it every day. Is all of Spain in one, or Spain, is everything under the Sun. I like to tackle a huge subject as briefly as possible. The streets of Madrid, there are many good ones, hard to do, however, I will choose some that are dear to me for been by them the most over the course of my already long life. First, I have written before on the districts of Madrid, the barrios of my Madrid; proud to say mine was Ciudad Lineal in the neighborhood of Quintana in another era long ago. Now, let me tell you about my favorite streets of Madrid amongst the beautiful streets of Madrid. Mind you I have written posts on many of them individually in my blog, therefore this post will be in my black and white series, Hope you enjoy the tour!

Gran Via ,start your walk from the lovely Plaza de España, taking in the atmosphere of the crowded Plaza del Callao. Here you can enjoy stunning views of Gran Vía from the Gourmet Experience, situated atop the Corte Inglés shopping department store. Don’t forget to look up as you stroll down Gran Vía, keeping an eye out for the iconic angel on top of the Metropolis Building. Enjoy the grandeur of some of Madrid’s most famous buildings like the Telefónica Building or veer off to one of the beautiful squares, like Plaza de España or Plaza de Callao. Today the street is known as the Spanish Broadway, and it is one of the streets with the most nightlife in Europe. It is known as the street that never sleeps. It leads from Calle de Alcalá, close to Plaza de Cibeles, to Plaza de España.

Calle Fuencarral, Tree-lined Calle Fuencarral draws the line between funky Malasaña and gay-friendly Chueca neighborhoods. Life is slower here, with locals doing their shopping and enjoying coffee breaks. Don’t miss Mercado de San Ildefonso, a New York-inspired indoor food market that, unlike Madrid’s more traditional food markets, spans three floors. it is a popular shopping street and tourist area. It also serves as the dividing line between the Chueca and Malasaña neighborhoods of downtown Madrid.

Calle del Espiritu Santo, closer to the heart of Malasaña, smaller Calle del Espíritu Santo is the quintessence of this neighbourhood, with a unique mix of street art, cobblestones and colourful coffee shops. Here you’ll see locals walking their dogs, dragging their bikes along and chatting with friends. If local charm is what you’re looking for, this street is definitely one you shouldn’t skip.

Paseo del Prado, from Plaza de Cibeles, you’ll catch one of Madrid’s best-known boulevards:  Paseo del Prado, which shares the same name as the world-famous art museum. Other than the prominent Prado, the boulevard stretches past Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, almost reaching Museo Reina Sofia in an area known as “The Golden Triangle of Art”. Other notable highlights along the way include the vertical garden at the Caixa Forum, the Royal Botanical Garden and the Fountain of Neptune, and Cibeles. Paseo del Prado ends at the Atocha trains Station, which is famous for its interior rainforest. a few of Madrid’s most famous hotels, including the Ritz-Carlton Madrid and Westin Palace Madrid.  When walking, make sure to stay in the green area in the middle, where you’ll spot plenty of monuments, statues, fountains and people walking their dogs or enjoying an afternoon stroll. The Paseo del Prado is the oldest historical urban street in Madrid  It runs north-south between the Plaza de Cibeles and the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V (also known as Plaza de Atocha), with the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo (the location of the Fuente de Neptuno, and of the Ritz and Palace five-star hotels) lying approximately in the middle. The Paseo del Prado forms the southern end of the city’s central axis (which continues to the north of Cibeles as the Paseo de Recoletos, and further north as the Paseo de la Castellana)

Paseo de la Castellana , commonly known as La Castellana, is one of the longest and widest avenues of Madrid. It is named after an old fountain that used to exist in Plaza de Castilla. It starts at Plaza de Colón, passes through the Nuevos Ministerios, Plaza de Lima, Plaza de Cuzco, Plaza de Castilla, and ends near the Nudo Norte (North Junction), connecting with the M-30 and the road to Colmenar Viejo. The Paseo de la Castellana is the continuation of Paseo de Recoletos and Paseo del Prado, and these three avenues vertebrate the north-south axis of the city. Here you have the supreme Estadio Santiago Bernabeu,home of the best of all times, Real Madrid CF!

Paseo de Recoletos is a wide boulevard leading from Plaza de Cibeles to Plaza de Colón. The center part of the boulevard is a pedestrian walk, lined with gardens, trees, statues, fountains and varied street furniture. The first and largest stretch of the boulevard (from Plaza Cibeles to Calle de Prim) has a row of eight ponds lined with white double doric columns; an Equatorial Sundial are nearby. The second and shortest stretch (from Calle Prim to Calle Almirante/Recoletos) contains the Café Gijón (number 21), an historic literary café founded in 1888 with an outdoor terraza on the boulevard.  On the fourth and last stretch (from Calle Bárbara de Braganza/Villanueva to Plaza de Colón) is the Café El Espejo (number 31), another quaint café with an impressive glass pavilion influenced by Art Nouveau.

Calle de las Huertas, this calm street runs through the literary neighbourhood of Huertas, also commonly known as Las Letras (“The Letters”). Here you can literally follow the quotes of famous writers, looking down at golden letters on the pavement. Calle de las Huertas is most atmospheric at night when its many tapas bars come to life and beckon you inside.

Calle Bailén, this street offers the most spectacular views of downtown Madrid. Starting from Plaza de España, it takes you past the idyllic Sabatini Gardens to the stunning Plaza de Oriente, situated between the Royal Palace and the  Royal Theater. It’s a romantic backdrop for a picnic, and you might be lucky enough to catch some excellent street musicians. Take a look inside the colourful and modern Almudena Cathedral, cross the viaduct and end your walk at the often overlooked Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande.

Calle de Serrano, often called La Milla de Oro (the golden mile), the street is one of the most exclusive in Madrid, thanks to the high-end boutiques and shops that line it. Here you’ll find the typical fancy stores like Prada and Gucci as well as many expensive Spanish shops too. It’s also home to the newly renovated Museo Arqueológico Nacional, featuring many permanent exhibits related to Prehistory, Medieval Times, ancient Greece and more.

Puerta del Sol,  more commonly known as just Sol, is the square in the heart of Madrid (and indeed, the whole of Spain). The distances of Spain are measure from here in km zero. Famous features include the Royal Post Office that serves as the president of Madrid’s office. It’s also where locals gather every New Year’s Eve to ring in the new year.

Calle Carretas , it is said that, in order to defend the watchtower of Puerta del Sol, the rebels built a barricade with carts. This street (along with Montera), were the first streets in Madrid that had sidewalks in 1834.

Plaza de Oriente, this pretty plaza is in front of the Royal Palace. Also nearby are Teatro Real, the city’s opera house originally built in 1818, and the Royal Monastery of the Incarnation, a women’s convent.

Calle de Segovia, This meandering street in the historic Palacio (Royal) neighborhood passes by the best paella restaurant in Madrid. El Arrozal, and Arroceria D’Stapa. It also goes under the city’s famous viaduct, which is pedestrian friendly.

Plaza San Andrés,  at this grandiose Romanesque ,Church of San Andrés and especially the dome of the Chapel of San Isidro. To one side is also conserved the building of the old Palace of the Counts of Paredes (walls), rehabilitated since 2000 as Museum of the Origins and House of San Isidro . The children play outside while their parents drink in the vibrant cafe around the corner.

Plaza Santa Ana, designed in 1810, the square  became a favorite of intellectuals, poets, artists and writers, including American writer Ernest Hemingway. It features many cafes and Teatro Español, Madrid’s oldest theater, which opened in 1583.

Plaza de la Paja, which means “straw square,” is said to be the oldest plaza in Madrid. At the bottom of this sloping square is a garden called Jardín del Príncipe Anglona.

Plaza de Espana, if you reach Plaza España from Gran Via, your first impressions of Plaza España may not be so great. However, the plaza is bigger than it first appears. You’ll find some of Madrid’s tallest skyscrapers here. As as the statue to Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, writer of Don Quijote. Recently reopened completely renovated with underground vehicular road and pedestrian square on top! 

Calle Cava Baja, If you’re hoping for a quaint, authentic Spanish street, this is it. The small, curved pathway (part cobblestone too) of Cava Baja is lined with some of Madrid’s most typical Spanish restaurants and bars. The street was once a jumping off point for postmen to take the mail from Madrid to the smaller villages outside the city back in the 17C. Today, it does retain a certain old-city charm, where you’ll find plenty of tapas bars, some with caves down below where you can eat and drink.

Calle Mayor, lined with some of Madrid’s most beautiful monuments, the street is home to Plaza Mayor, starting at the Puerta del Sol and ending up next to Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral. You’ll also stroll by several plazas, such as the lovely Plaza de la Villa, a few churches,  and souvenir shops. Plus, you’re right near the famous Mercado de San Miguel, where you can stop by for some tapas and a glass of wine mid-walk.

And last, but never least, my street!  Calle de Alcalà,(My street at no. 331!!!) . Where Gran Vía ends at the Metropolis Building, Calle de Alcalá picks up and continues the stream of magnificent architecture, from the buzzing Puerta del Sol to the picture-perfect Palacio de Cibeles with its rooftop lounge. Along the way you can enjoy the city’s most stunning views from the rooftop terrace of the Círculo de Bellas Artes, as well as from the impressive Banco de España building. The longest street in Madrid, it starts at the Puerta del Sol and goes on for 10.5 km, to the northeastern outskirts of the city. Along this street it is possible to find landmarks such as Banco Bilbao Vizcaya at number 16, the former Alcalá 20 discothèque at number 20, Edificio Metrópolis, the Unión y el Fénix Español building at number 23, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Plaza de Cibeles, Puerta de Alcalá, the Spanish Ministry of Education, the Instituto Cervantes HQ building, the Bank of Spain building, Parque del Buen Retiro and Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. Stunning indeed!!!

Calle Virgen del Sagrario, ok not a famous one ,but I lived around the corner as a young boy with my mother at Calle de Alcala St 331 corner with Calle Virgen del Sagrario , metro Quintana line 5 was just outside the front door. If you go into this street, you reach the wonderful  Parque El Calero in those days, and the best patatas bravas of Madrid since 1963 across the street in the Plaza de Quintana, Docamar, still there! Further down you have Victor’s Calzados (shoes) store at 278 Alcala St, where my mother bought me my shoes as a boy and I came back to buy them for my sons, traditions of my Madrid and Spain.  My old school Colegio Obispo Perello here since 1955 the first stone was laid, right along this street and near the park. Right there is a parish Church of Our Lady of Lluc (Mallorca)  my mother went with me Parroquia Nuestra Señora De Lluc; even thus later we went to one closer to Retiro Park, San Manuel and San Benito Church at Alcala st 83 near metro Retiro, line 2. Wonderful memories all very well guarded in my heart.

The Madrid tourist office on maps to guide in the cityhttps://www.esmadrid.com/en/maps-and-essential-guides

The Comunidad de Madrid tourist office on walks of the streets of Madridhttps://www.comunidad.madrid/en/cultura/organiza-tu-visita/paseo-calles-madrid

There you go folks, hope you get an idea of the wonders behind these streets, just walking them with nice architecture and educational history, and just good things will show up upon you.  Madrid, a living museum above ground, enjoy it in your future walks as I do.

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

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January 30, 2022

The Atocha train station of Madrid!

I go to Madrid a lot, and lived there ,but public transport is not my forte. I rather take my car and then walk, last resort take the bus. Metro/subway is last before trains of course unless business trips required it. Nevertheless, the Atocha station is done almost like a museum or park , and I have enjoy it getting there and using the cercanias trains. Over the years, I have tried my share of train rides in Spain and Europe (once in USA). However, Atocha in Madrid the idea behind this post ,visited even eaten inside by the garden , and use the Cercanias C trains. I like to tell you a bit more about the Atocha train station of Madrid.

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The Atocha train station is one of the two terminus stations of the RENFE network in Madrid and the largest railway station in Spain. It is situated in the Atocha-Mediodía district, in the district of Arganzuela. It is at the same time a railway station of main lines ensuring the service of the south and west (Andalucia and Extremadura), East (Levant) and northeast (Aragon and Catalonia), especially the cities of Algeciras, Sevilla, Cordoba, Malaga, Zaragoza, Lleida, Barcelona and Valencia, etc. It also serves as an international station (towards France), and as a suburban railway station (Cercanías trains), making the service of the metropolitan area of Madrid.

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The building of the Atocha train station, was inaugurated in 1851 under the name of Estacion del Mediodia (afternoon station). It was the first station in Madrid. A fire destroyed in large part of the structure, which was rebuilt in iron from 1888 to 1892. It is considered a masterpiece of 19C railway architecture. In 1992, it was added with a garden of 4 000 m² with 7 000 trees and plants, including large palm trees, in the old train hall. The station’s metal and glass structure covering the platforms made its easy to use it as a greenhouse with ponds. And the trees are about 260 different species from America, Asia, and Australia.

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It is connected to the station of Chamartin by the tunnel of the Risa (laugh) which was recently doubled by a new tunnel of the Risa II to ungorge the first which arrived at saturation. It crosses the center of Madrid and it is gap for the circulation of the Cercanias or commuter train . At Atocha is the arrival point of the high-speed trains (AVE) coming from Sevilla-Santa Justa, Malaga, Lleida, Barcelona ,Valencia and Alicante as well as from Toledo. The railway services in Spain is operated by RENFE but the management of the station as the  ticket sales etc is ensured by ADIF.

There are at the Puerta de Atocha platforms 1 to 15, numbered from left to right as you look towards the trains.Immediately on the east side of the 15 high-speed terminus platforms which constitute Puerta de Atocha, there are 10 through platforms one level below ground referred to as Atocha-Cercanías. Atocha-Cercanías platforms are numbered 1 to 10 from left to right as you look south. If you arrive in the Puerta de Atocha terminus platforms as all AVE trains ( high speed trains) and most other mainline trains do, you need to go up the escalators onto the arrivals footbridge then through the long arrivals passageway to the arrivals exit. There are luggage lockers (Consigna) in the corner of the old trains , past the Burger king restaurant. The bags are X-rayed just inside the entrance before being deposited. The main Sala Club at Madrid Atocha is open 05h15-21h30; Mondays-Saturdays, 06h-21h30 Saturdays & Sundays, with complimentary tea, coffee, snacks & beer as well as free WiFi. It is located inside the main high-speed train departures area on the first floor. The trains to and from Lisbon and northern Spain usually use Madrid Chamartin station in the north of the city.  The trains south to Sevilla, Granada, Malaga leave from Madrid Atocha station.  Metro line 1 links Atocha to Chamartin stations, but it’s easier and faster to transfer between stations by frequent suburban C8a (Cercanias) train as this is just a handful of stops, just look for the orange and white ‘C’ logo. The station is serve by metro line 1 as well as bus 27 ,best from Nuevos Ministerios coming from the airport, taxis available in bunches outside the station . The airport EMT local bus 200 stops in Atocha as well as the Express airport bus 203 stops Atocha and Cibeles. Great ride to Cibeles taken. 

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Facing the main entrance of the station, a memorial commemorates the terrorist attacks of 11 March 2004. In a cylindrical and translucent form, it includes the names of the victims and the reproductions of texts deposited on the spot by passersby. This is Spain’s version of 9-11.

The Madrid tourist office on Atochahttps://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/estacion-de-atocha

The ADIF train network on the Puerta de Atocha trains station of Madridhttps://www.adif.es/en/w/60000-madrid-puerta-atocha?pageFromPlid=335

The ADIF train network on the Atocha Cercanias station of Madridhttps://www.adif.es/en/w/18000-atocha-cercan%C3%ADas?pageFromPlid=335

There you go folks, a wonderful train station as told by me, Hope you visit the Atocha train station of Madrid ,worth the detour even for when not taken trains. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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January 30, 2022

Plaza Quintana of Madrid!!!

I have several posts on Madrid and touch base on this memorable square ; however, feel needs a post of its own in my blog. Therefore, for memories’s sake here is my take on my Plaza Quintana of Madrid. Hope you enjoy the nostalgic ride with me.

The Plaza Quintana is at Calle de Alcala, 339 with zip code 28027 of Madrid, It is for short between Calle de la Argentina and Calle Virgen del Sagrario, The neighborhood of Quintana is in district Ciudad Lineal of Madrid. The neighborhood have change a lot since my times there, but I always make a point to stop by when in the city. Memories forever with my dear late mom Gladys!!!

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A bit of history tell us that the square where it is located once belonged to D. Timoteo Damián and was expropriated in the 1940s for urban reasons in order to eliminate the existing curve of Calle de Alcalá , but in the end this was never done and the fate of the D. Timoteo’s estate was to host the square as we see it today, a pedestrian area surrounded by shops and open on one side to Calle de Alcalá. Across this street was my piso or apartment where I lived with my dear late mother Gladys in very memorable moments to relish forever, My must stop when in the city,

The nickname of the Plaza de los Cromos comes from the market for the purchase-sale-exchange of cards that is organized spontaneously on Sunday mornings and Holidays from 9h to 14h and that attracts hundreds of children and parents looking for the latest issues to finish the collection. The tradition dates back many years and is probably among the busiest markets in its category in Spain, even ahead of the Rastro de Madrid.

It’s officially located within district number 15, Ciudad Lineal. Its main streets are Calle de Alcalá and Calle José del Hierro. Among the most important places in the neighborhood is Plaza de Quintana, located on the corner of Calle de Alcalá with Calle Virgen del Sagrario, which joins it with the neighborhood of La Concepción. It extends, from Calle José del Hierro to Calle de Alcalá; and Calle General Aranaz to Calle Florencio Llorente.

Several buses passes by it such as the No 21 connects Quintana with Calle del Pintor Rosales and with calle El Salvador. The No 38 connects Quintana with Las Rosas and with the Manuel Becerra metro station, in the square of the same name. The No 48 connects Quintana with Plaza Manuel Becerra and with Canillejas neighborhood. The No 109 connects Quintana with Ciudad Lineal and with Castillo Uclés. The No 113 (this was my bus !!! when it was called the P13) connects Quintana Méndez Álvaro bus Station and with Ciudad Lineal. As well as my old baseball park La Elipa,(see post) The No 146 connects Quintana Plaza de Callao and Los Molinos, For night journeys there is the Bus N5. Metro you have my old reliable line 5 , exit right at the entrance to my former apartment ! Quintana. Line 7 also passes by Ciudad Lineal stop.

Some of the things to see which could be interesting to many like me are on the Calle de los Misterios, bordering Calle Arturo Soria, is the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, with an allegedly Mudejar exterior and an altar of some value. At No 292 Calle de Alcalá you have the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Fátima, presided over by the crowned image of Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Fátima. The Nuestra Señora de Fátima school is attached (my former school!!!). In the Plaza de Quintana, is the Bar Docamar, (my nostalgic favorite of always) famous for its bravas potatoes since 1963, with several awards and mentions in television programs and gastronomic critics. The best patatas bravas of Madrid !!! The limit of the neighborhood is occupied by the Parque Calero (my closest park), entrance by Calle José del Hierro, 1 , which separates Quintana from the Conception neighborhood.

I spent my time in Madrid here at Calle de Alcalà 331 , 2do A (apart 2nd fl no A) ,Buzon 67(mailbox), metro Quintana line 5 just out of the metro. Nearby is Plaza Quintana, and our closest park was Parque el Calero. Going to the sports complex Elipa  was fun on the bus P13 now name 113Docamar the best patatas bravas of Madrid since 1963 are still there! Calzados Victor at 238 Calle  de Alcalà, my mom purchased my first shoes in Spain there, and ever since, I stop by and already got my boys shoes there too. The beltway or first one the M30 was finished by 1974 when I left Madrid. It was nice to walked all the way to the Monumental Ventas bullring. Memories forever, which lucky me get to relieve them each year!

The other neighborhoods of Madrid on the Madrid tourist office: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/madrid-neighbourhoods

The city of Madrid on its districts in pdf file the Ciudad Lineal district of Quintana: https://www.madrid.es/UnidadesDescentralizadas/UDCEstadistica/Nuevaweb/Territorio,%20Clima%20y%20Medio%20Ambiente/Territorio/Mapas%20de%20dist%20y%20bar/Ciudad%20Lineal/Distrito%2015%20-%20Ciudad%20Lineal.pdf

From Madrid to heaven and a hole in the sky to look down on it everyday!!! yes!! There you go folks a bit more about me, my blog and my beautiful experience in my Madrid! Always thankful and always remember it. I always thanks my Mom Gladys for taking me there!!! Hope you enjoy this nostalgic brief ride of mine. Madrid is it!!

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

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January 30, 2022

Real Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida of Madrid!

This one have not been in years, and wanted to show this part to my sons so we took the trek first by bus 46 to the Puente de los Franceses or bridge of the French and then walk back on Avenida de Valladolid to Paseo de la Florida and the Glorieta to arrive at the Royal Hermitage of Saint Anthony of Florida and Goya! We call it Real Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida! Where the painter Francisco de Goya is buried.. I like to update the text and links for you and me; hope you enjoy the post as I.

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The Royal Hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida is located in the square of the same name, and is considered as the only survivor of the three hermitages dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua that were on the outskirts of Madrid ( at one time there were Florida, Alemanes and Retiro). There are two similar hermitages that since 1929 have specialized in two aspects: one of them offers the public the wall decorations by Francisco de Goya (being also the painter’s museum and pantheon), while the other is enabled only for religious worship.

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The followers of San Antonio were called in the Madrid of the 16C with the nickname: guinderos or cherry pickers literally. The reason for this appellation was that his devotees wore a scapular in the neck with the representation of a cherry and arrived on June 13 offered the so-called cherries of the saint. It is precisely when the congregation of the guinderos is founded, when the first hermitage is built in 1720. Shortly after being crowned King Carlos III ordered the demolition and new construction of the hermitage in 1768, then the hermitage of Sabatini was dismantled in the year 1792 on the occasion of a new urban remodeling of the area.

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Carlos IV acquires the nearby Florida Palace, owned by the Marquis de Castel Rodrigo, to build a royal estate on his land. The works of the Royal Possession of Florida began immediately, between 1792 and 1798, including in the construction process of the nearby hermitage designed decades earlier by Sabatini. This meant the demolition of the hermitage, and the new stables of the Florida palace are built in its place. In 1792 the king himself laid the first stone of the hermitage, included in the event a time capsule consisting of gold coins with his effigy. The works finished in 1798.

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At the beginning of the 21C, a neoclassical hermitage with a very simple Greek cross floor was built, with a dome with lanterns, on pedantries. The use of the hermitage was extended allowing the use of the chapel for worship, with what happened to be called San Antonio de la Florida. Inside Francisco de Goya painted some frescoes on this building in which he represented one of the saint’s most famous miracles. It is worth noting the representation of men and women dressed in majos (traditional men of Madrid) and chisperos (or working class men). The hermitage was converted into a parish in 1881 by the Royal Heritage giving the hermitage in usufruct to the archbishop of Toledo. Precisely when the popular festival of San Antonio de la Florida begins to be celebrated nearby..

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In 1919 the remains of Goya were transferred from the Sacramental of San Isidro to the hermitage. An image of the sculptured painter was also placed. Concern about the state of conservation of the frescoes of Goya caused to commissioned a new hermitage that began to be built in 1925. This new hermitage, twin of the previous one, was dedicated exclusively to religious offices. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando is responsible for the care of the hermitage, where Mass is celebrated on March 30 and April 16, dates of the birth and death of Francisco de Goya y Lucientes.  The Aragonese (Goya) , as a chamber painter, was in charge of making the decoration of the hermitage, work that he carried out in six months, between August and December of the year 1798. At the foot of the presbytery is the painter’s pantheon, in which the gravestone he had in the cemetery of Bordeaux, city in which he died, is preserved. Martín Miguel de Goicoechea, his great friend, is buried next to him. On September 29, 1919 they were buried together, to avoid a possible error in the identification of the mortal remains. Goya’s body lacks a skull, as it was probably separated from the trunk for phrenological analysis.

On June 13, the traditional festival (verbena) of San Antonio is celebrated every year near the hermitages, in the area known as La Bombilla (a park), which goes to the Puente de los Franceses or bridge of the French (which we walked). The Royal Hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida is located in the Glorieta de San Antonio, 5, on the banks of the Manzanares River. A convergence in which the Paseo de la Florida and Avenida de Valladolid joins. From the Principe Pio station you can reach the hermitages by walking along the Paseo de la Florida where the avenue of Valladolid begins.(as we did too) EMT buses on Lines 41, 46 (we took it) and 75. Metro lines 6 and 10 as well as the R radial of Opera-Principe Pio.

The Madrid tourist office on the Royal Hermitage:  https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/ermita-de-san-antonio-de-la-florida

The Spanish Royal National Heritage on Chapel of San Antonio de la Florida: https://www.patrimonionacional.es/en/visita/chapel-san-antonio-de-la-florida

There you go folks, you should make the trek,step out from touristic centro;  with public transport is easy and great areas to see around. The Ermita Real San Antonio de la Florida is worth the detour and of course to admire the paintings of Francisco de Goya anytime! as is Madrid ! Hope you enjoy it as I,

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

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