Our new Spanish CIR just arrived earlier in August. Jorge is from Madrid, the capital of Spain. Jorge had some great recommendations to see if you ever visit his city:
- The Royal Palace: The Royal Palace was a home to all the Kings of Spain from Carlos III to Alfonso XIII. The current royal family does not live here now, but official events and ceremonies are still held in this Palace.
- Puerta del Sol: Puerta del Sol is one of the most famous and busiest places located in the center of Madrid. The New Year’s celebration in Puerta del Sol is always broadcasted on television. Two major landmarks in this area are of a statue of Carlos III and a statue of a bear and a madrone tree. The bear and madrone tree statue is the heraldic symbol of Madrid.
- Museo del Prado: This art museum features one of the finest European art collections in the world. Their collection includes around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints, and 8,200 drawings. A few of the works included are ”Las Meninas” by Diego Velázquez, ”La maja desnuda” by Francisco de Goya, and ”The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Bosch.
- Plaza de España: The plaza features a monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, a famous Spanish writer, and sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
These are only few of the many highlights of Madrid, but we hope that you will be able to visit these attractions when you visit Spain!
*Madrid has no sister-city in Yamaguchi Pref.