Madrid is a fascinating city as evidenced by its elaborate architecture. The Spanish capital breathes with rich history, with the walls of its old building storing secrets of the past yet to be revealed. The baroque, renaissance, romantic, and other architectural styles are living testimonies to Madrid’s grandeur. It’s amazing how the city has managed to protect the legacies of the past. Here are some of the more popular architecture in the city:
The Royal Palace is the official home of the royal family. Among Madrid palaces and mansions, it is the biggest. In fact, it’s actually the 2nd biggest royal palace in Western Europe counting more than 3.000 rooms. The Palacio del Senado is actually not that far from the Royal Palace. So, you can easily visit it after exploring the Royal Palace.
If you are looking for examples of late neoclassical architecture, the Palacio de las Cortes de España is certainly a good one. The Renaissance styled Casa de la Siete Chimeneas is famous for its seven chimneys, and for the ghosts believed to haunt the place. Other palaces worthy of your visit include Casa se la Villa, Palacio de Santa Cruz, Palacio de Cristal, and Casa and Torre de los Lujanes,
Churches and cathedrals
Your Madrid adventure would not be complete if you don’t visit the numerous elegantly designed Madrid churches. To cover most of them during your trip, you should start planning your schedule even before you come for your language study.
Looking at the exterior of the Almudena Cathedral, you’d really already anticipate great interiors. You will be awed by the bright light inside. The stained glass is pop art and the overall architecture is Neoclassical. Some parts are modern.
The Church of San Jeronimo el Real was once an official Royal Church. Most part of the architecture follows the Isabelline Gothic style, while the cloisters are more of Baroque style. The Basilica de San Francisco el Grande is famous for the size of its dome. It houses Goya’s San Bernardino de Siena, the paintings of Zurbaran and Alfonso Cano, as well as the marble works of Mariano Benlliure and Ricardo Bellver.
The Church of San Isidro el Real is an important church in Madrid because San Isidro is a patron saint of the city. It features the the altarpiece made by Sebastian Herrera. You also get to see paintings of Claudio Coello, Ricci and Herrera. Of course, the sculptures of Juan Pascual de Mena are also noteworthy.