Tag Archives: History of Madrid

The Majesty of Madrid, by Rick Steves

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This is (y)our neighborhood in Madrid: Sol

Visiting a city for the first time is very exciting, especially if it is not a main global city and one senses that it hides many secrets. Madrid is a little mystery for first timers. There are internationally recognizable elements … Continue reading

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A new Puerta del Sol?

In October 2013 Madrid Think Tank will launch an international contest to improve our dearest Puerta del Sol. The initiative seeks a full intervention in this space, affecting both the square and its surroundings, its scattered elements and the access roads. The Puerta … Continue reading

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The Palace of the Duchess of Sueca

The building, with 7,200 square meters, is completely empty and abandoned. Only a person lives in the building, Carmen Martin, aged 95, and her cats. She lives without electricity or heating since her father died 30 years ago, though she … Continue reading

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The Museum of Saint Isidore

Considering that Madrid is living the feasts of its patron saint, Saint Isidore, it is maybe the most appropriate time to visit a museum dedicated to the saint and to the history of Madrid. The Museum of the Origins of … Continue reading

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May 15th, Madrid’s day

Saint Isidore the Farmer (Isidro de Merlo, 1068-1172) is a Catholic saint and he is the patron saint of Madrid. He was a farmer and served the noble Juan de Vargas at his home in Madrid. Today the building hosts … Continue reading

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