Founded by Empress Margarita de Austria, this 17th-century mansion built in the Madrid baroque style (a pleasing amalgam of brick, exposed stone and wrought iron) is still inhabited by nuns of the Augustine order. The large art collection dates mostly from the 17th century, and among the many gold and silver reliquaries is one that contains the blood of San Pantaleón, which purportedly liquefies each year on 27 July. The convent sits on a pretty plaza close to the Palacio Real.
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Welcome to one of the world's premier art galleries. More than 7000 paintings are held in the Museo del Prado’s collection (of which only around 1500 are…
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Nearby Madrid attractions
This important landmark in the centre of the Plaza de Oriente was unveiled in 1843.
This graceful square is one central Madrid's most beautiful, home as it is to a royal palace that once had aspirations to be the Spanish Versailles,…
Backing onto Plaza de Oriente, Madrid’s signature opera house took on its present neoclassical form in 1997 although, viewed from Plaza de Isabel II,
The formal French-style Jardines de Sabatini are to the north of the Palacio Real, a palace with lush gardens.
Spain's Senate building, which dates to the 16th century, is imposing rather than beautiful. It's closed to the public.
On the western side of Plaza de Ramales is the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, a prestigious musical conservatory that sometimes hosts concerts…
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