What to do in Madrid?

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Discover the city of Madrid once you have visited the show

Do not leave Madrid without visiting these monuments, museums, parks and other must-see attractions

Royal Palace

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The residence of the monarchy from Carlos III to Alfonso XIII, this building now functions as a museum where you can admire the glitz and luxury of the Spanish royal elite. The architecture was inspired by sketches made by Bernini to build the Louvre in Paris, and although Filippo Juvarra began working on the plans, it would be his disciple Juan Bautista Sachetti who would eventually finish the job. The décor of the 3,000 rooms inside has been changed to suit the specific tastes of each monarch. Highlights include Sabatini's main staircase, the Throne Room, the Royal Chapel, and the Royal Apothecary.

Cibeles

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Cibeles Fountain has been standing in this emblematic square since 1782. One of the city’s most famous landmarks, it depicts Cybele, the Great Mother of the gods and Roman goddess of fertility, atop a chariot drawn by two lions.

It stands in the centre of the Plaza de Cibeles, the square to which it has lent its name and which marks the start of Madrid’s avenue of art, the Paseo del Arte. The fountain is flanked by four magnificent buildings: Buenavista Palace the Army’s General Headquarters), Linares Palace (which accommodates the Casa de América cultural institution), Cibeles Palace (previously the main Post Office, it now houses Madrid City Hall and cultural centre), and the Bank of Spain.

Temple of Debod

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This is an Egyptian temple dating back to the 2nd century BC, transported to Madrid’s Cuartel de la Montaña Park. The temple was donated to Spain by the Egyptian government to save it from floods following the construction of the great Aswan Dam.

Works on the temple began at the beginning of the 2nd century BC at the orders of the Meroë King Adijalamani, who built a chapel dedicated to the god Amun and the goddess Isis. This chapel was decorated with high reliefs. Subsequent kings of the Ptolemaic dynasty built new rooms around the original core, thereby enlarging the temple. After Egypt was annexed by the Roman Empire, the emperors Augustus and Tiberius – and possibly Hadrian, too – finished off the construction and decoration of the building.