Architecture sights in Madrid
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Built in 1873, the Palacio de Linares is a worthy member of the line-up of grand façades on the plaza, while its interior is notable for the copious use of Carrara marble. Tours take an hour and can be reserved on 902 400 222. In the palace’s grounds is the Casa de América, a modern exhibition centre which, also hosts all sorts of events and concerts.
This swirling, melting wedding cake of a building is as close as Madrid comes to the work of Antoni Gaudí, which so illuminates Barcelona. It’s a joyously self-indulgent ode to modernismo and is virtually one of a kind in Madrid. Casual visitors are actively discouraged, although what you see from the street is impressive enough. The only exceptions are on the first Monday of October, International Architecture Day, and during the Noche en Blanco festivities. We’ve had a peek inside and its interior staircase alone is reason enough to come if you’re here at one of these times.