Madrid, Spain (7) – Wonderful Architecture

Madrid is a city covered with beautiful architecture.  Whether it be a government, commercial or residential building, you can’t help but stand back in admiration and awe.

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Madrid, Spain (6) – Mercado De San Miguel

Mercado De San Miguel is a gourmet tapas market.  Good thing I don’t live in Madrid.  I would be constantly coming here, over indulging and be avoiding the scale.  Since we just consumed a large breakfast, we didn’t have the appetite to try anything during our visit.




























Madrid, Spain (5) – The Cathedral & Crypt of Almudena

The Cathedral

The Cathedral of Almudena is the main Church of the Archdiocese of Madrid.  The construction of the church, under the Marquis of Cubas, started in 1879 and was completed in 1993.

Security and controllers diverting traffic away from the incoming Royal Guards



The back of the cathedral



The front of the Cathedral.  Palacio Real is located just to the right of this photo.






The Image of Santa Maria de la Almudena, Patroness of the city














The Crypt

The sudden death of Queen Maria de las Mercedes initiated the creation of the Crypt.  Located under the Cathedral, La Cripta contains more than 400 columns, five naves and 18 chapels.

The image of Our Lady of the Flor de Lis.  It was comissioned by King Alfonso VI in AD 1083, making it one of the oldest images in all Madrid



400 columns, each with a unique capital












Madrid, Spain (4) – Palacio Real de Madrid

The official residence of the Spanish Royal Family is used only for state affairs.  The Family resides at the Palace of Zarzuela located outside of Madrid.  Because there was a state event occurring, the interior of the palace was not open to the public.  We had to keep our distance from the building.

With 3,418 rooms and almost 1.5 million square feet of floor space, this is the largest Palace in Europe.  It would have been cool to take a peek in the inside.







Plaza de Oriente, located across the plaza in front of the palace, displays Statues of the Gothic Kings



Plaza de Oriente



Jardines del Cabo Noval, north of the palace



Sabatini Gardens



Madrid, Spain (3) – Royal Guards

Enroute to Plaza Mayor, we came across a large entourage of Royal Guards at the “Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperacion” building (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation).  They were escorting dignitaries to the Royal Palace.   I did get a photo of an individual getting into the carriage but after some research, I could not determine who she was.

There were a number of troops coming and going from the Government Building to Palacio Real via Plaza Mayor.

I have been unsuccessful in getting information regarding the different coloured uniforms.  There are four different uniforms with different coloured horses.

Different colored uniforms on different colored horses at the government office






Silver plumes, blue uniforms and dark brown horses



Red plumes, blue uniforms and white horses



White plumes, white uniforms and brown horses



When we reached Mayor Plaza, a different troop was passing through heading to the government building



Pink plumes, black uniforms and brown horses.  The first troop we saw, coming back from Palacio Real.



Another troop heading to the Palacio Real

Madrid, Spain (2) – Puerta de Atocha

Madrid’s largest railway station is the hub of all types of trains (commuter, intercity, regional and high speed).  Serving all these types of transit comes with confusion for those, like us, who are unfamiliar with the building.  With three floor levels and a variety of ticket machines, we spent a portion of our time on wandering through the wrong level or standing in front of the wrong machine.

However, the busyness of the main ticket area is offset by a wonderful garden area located in the old terminal.  Quiet and relaxing, it’s a perfect place for those waiting to catch a train.




The old terminal is converted to wonderful greenery.



Plenty of sitting benches












Upper level restaurant



Perfect lighting



View of the station where the ticket machines and platforms are located



View of the station from our hotel room



Madrid, Spain (1) – Touching Down

Our arrival into Madrid to begin our Spanish Adventure was welcomed with beautiful terrain.  It was dawn when we started our descent and with the sun slowly rising, I was able to get some great shots filled with highlights and shadows.