The Museum of Dreams
"There is a place in Madrid where time stopped" Cerralbo Museum.
There is an aristocratic jewel in Madrid that is the keeper of more than 100-years of history. The former home of the Marquis de Cerralbo, it has been visited by people from all over the world, who come intrigued by the opportunity to dip a toe into the lives of the Spanish aristocracy of the late nineteenth century.The Cerralbo Museum remains exactly the same as when the Marquis lived here. Filled with artefacts and family heirlooms, he donated the house to the city on his death in 1922, and today, following a meticulous restoration in the first decade of the 21st century, it is one of the only museums in the Spanish capital that still showcases the original decor of the time.
Magnolia Garden, Museum of Romanticism.
Constructed in 1776 the historical palace of the Marqués de Matallana contains a marvellous collection of paintings, furniture and decorative art objects from the 19th Century that afford us a chance to see how life was lived by the Bourgeoisie during the time of the Romantic era.Constructed in 1776 the historical palace of the Marqués de Matallana contains a marvellous collection of paintings, furniture and decorative art objects from the 19th Century that afford us a chance to see how life was lived by the Bourgeoisie during the time of the Romantic era.
The hidden routes through La Latina
Madrid, the capital city of Spain, as well as offering wonderful city walks filled with history and Civic Centres that bring together people from around the world, contains many secrets to be discovered.The La Latina neighbourhood for instance is one, it hides extraordinary places like the Jardín del Príncipe de Anglona that were laid out around 1750 and it’s one of the few noble family gardens from the 18th Century that survives today. This particular green space represents the luxurious vision of the Príncipe de Anglona and now affords visitors an unusual moment of silence in the noisy chaos that is Madrid.
Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida the Valencia born painter who better than any other artist captured the unique light of the Mediterranean on canvas lived and worked here up until his death in 1923.
A sprawling precinct of 48 industrial buildings formerly used as a slaughter house and livestock market up until 1996 when it was acquired by the Madrid City Council and completely refurbished in order to become a contemporary arts centre.
Occupying this building on Arenal just off Plaza del Sol since 1981, Joy Eslava takes its name from the Eslava Theatre that was formerly located here.
The Caixa Forum cultural centre situated opposite the Prado Museum was designed by the renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, a gravity defying refurbishment of a former industrial building that now accommodates temporary exhibitions managed by Obra Social “la Caixa” affiliated with CaixaBank, one of Spain’s most important banks.
Real Jardín Botánico
The Royal Botanical Garden, the entrance to which is adjacent to the Prado Museum is an institution that dates back to 1755 (in its current location since 1781) founded in order to exhibit plants and teach botany as well as promoting the study and classification of plant species.