Palacio del Senado


Spain's Senate building, which dates to the 16th century, is imposing rather than beautiful. It's closed to the public.

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2. Plaza de España

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This central Madrid square was being given a major overhaul when we last visited. They'll no doubt find room for the 1927 statue of Cervantes, alongside a…

3. Jardines de Sabatini

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The formal French-style Jardines de Sabatini are to the north of the Palacio Real, a palace with lush gardens.

4. Museo Cerralbo

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The former home of the 17th Marqués de Cerralbo (1845–1922) – politician, poet and archaeologist – is a study in 19th-century opulence. The upper floor…

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6. Plaza de Oriente

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7. Teatro Real

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8. Farmacia Real


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