Madrid travel guide


Madrid Travel Guide

From the Puerta de Toledo to the Parque del Oeste

This itinerary begins in The Puerta de Toledo (Toledo archway) a beautiful monument that stands tall in the Plaza of the same name in southwest Madrid. This gate was one of the main accesses to Madrid since 19th century and it was designed by the Spanish Architect Antonio Aguado for the King Fernando VII as a commemoration of the Independence from French occupation.

The Calle Gran Via de San Francisco takes us to the Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, it's located in the old quarter of Madrid called La Latina and forms part of the convent of Jesus y Maria. The basilica was designed by Francisco Cabezas under a neoclassic style. Prestigious painters such as Zurbaran and Goya were commissioned to decorate its interior; next to the basilica we find the Chapel of Christ of the Third Venerable Order, another notable building.

Continuing along the Calle Bailén we arrive at the intersection of the Calle Mayor and see the Palacio de los Duques de Uceda (Palace of the Duke of Uceda) or Palace of the councils, a perfect representative of Spanish baroque commissioned by the first Duke of Uceda.

The next place in the itinerary is the Palacio de Oriente or Palacio Real, it's the official residence of the King of Spain, but nowadays it's used only for state ceremonies because the Royal Family reside in the Palacio de la Zarzuela; the interior of the palace is wealth of art because it hosts paintings from Caravaggio, Velázquez and Francisco de Goya.

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