Monument to The Fallen Angel (El Angel Caido) by Ricardo Bellver in El Parque del Buen Retiro.

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El Ángel Caído


At the southern end of the park, near La Rosaleda with its more than 4000 roses, is a statue of El Ángel Caído (The Fallen Angel). Strangely, it sits 666m above sea level…

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1. La Rosaleda

0.12 MILES

At the southern end of the Parque del Buen Retiro is La Rosaleda with its more than 4000 roses.

2. Jardín de los Planteles

0.12 MILES

Occupying much of the southwestern corner of the park is the Jardín de los Planteles, one of the least-visited sections of El Retiro, where quiet pathways…

3. Palacio de Cristal

0.18 MILES

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4. Puerta de Dante

0.27 MILES

The Puerta de Dante, in the extreme southeastern corner of the Parque del Buen Retiro, is watched over by a carved mural of Dante’s Inferno.

5. Palacio de Velázquez

0.28 MILES

Between the lake and the Palacio de Cristal, the sober 1883 Palacio de Velázquez is used for temporary exhibitions organised by the Centro de Arte Reina…

6. Bosque del Recuerdo

0.33 MILES

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7. Fuente Egipcia

0.33 MILES

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8. Real Fábrica de Tapices

0.35 MILES

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