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Retiro park’s crystal palace

I’m not the only one who thinks the Crystal Palace in Madrid’s grand Parque del Retiro is the most beautiful place in the city.

This little nook in the Retiro is one of the most popular places for visitors of the park, both tourists and madrileños alike. It is perfect for a stroll or simply for sitting down and taking in all the surrounding beauty.

A pond surrounded by lush trees and a powerful water fountain lays in the center. There’s a small cave on one side, but the Crystal Palace is the main attraction. It was built by the architect Ricardo González Bosco.

It was built in 1887, as one of the pavilions for the Philippian Island Exposition, with the purpose of being a greenhouse for a variety of plants and flowers from the then Spanish colony. It was built following the architectural tendencies of the time, combining iron and glass.

Today, the Crystal Palace building is one of the branches of the Reina Sofía Art Museum. When you venture inside, you’ll be surprised by the seasonal exhibitions that are sure to wow you.

To fully enjoy the Crystal Palace, I recommend that you take advantage of the natural morning light. Make sure to sit on the stairway overlooking the calm pond and take a moment to reflect upon the tranquility that offers a breath of fresh air from the surrounding hustle and bustle of the Spanish capital.
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Information about Palacio de Cristal

Palacio de Cristal Phone Number
+34 917 74 10 00
+34 917 74 10 00
Palacio de Cristal Address
Parque del Retiro, S/N
Parque del Retiro, S/N
Palacio de Cristal Website
http://www.madrid.es/portal/site/munimadrid/menuitem.8b2184148b70b0aa7d245f019fc08a0c/?vgnextoid=113f29ea9281c010VgnVCM1000000b205a0aRCRD&vgnextchannel=b982ca5d5fb96010VgnVCM100000dc0ca8c0RCRD
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