New collection; Architectural marvels of Madrid

With its blue skies and grandeur, Madrid seems indeed to be the next best thing to heaven, as an old Spanish saying tells us De Madrid, Al Cielo.

The city breathes with rich history and a mix of architectural styles such as mudejar, baroque, renaissance, neoclassical, romanesque and modernism.

A brief history

Madrid architecture has been influenced by dynasties that ruled over the city. Plaza Mayor is the living testimony of the style of architecture during the Habsburg dynasty of 16th and 17th century.

If you are at the large square enjoying a good glass of wine on any of the many terraces, take a look at the brick red exterior and grey colored towers: examples of Castillian baroque.

During the rule of the Bourbons in 18th and 19th century many great buildings have been constructed such as Palacio Real, Royal Palace, Puerta de Alcalá and Puerta de Toledo.

The architecture became more ornate due to French and Italian influences. Italian influence can be seen in a building such as the Royal Palace.

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King Charles III known as the ''bricklayer king" raised Madrid to the same level as Paris, Rome and Londen. The Bourbon expansion continued in the 19th century with construction of buildings like the Royal theater and Banco de España.

Palacio Cristal in Retiro Park, a glass palace was created in 1887 modelled on London's crystal palace. Nowadays, exhibitions can be seen at this wonderful place of silence and rest in the middle of Madrid.

20th century and beyond

If you walk to the Gran Via, constructed in the early 20th century, you will see different styles such as art nouveau, art deco and expressionism.

Next to its rich history, Madrid has a fascinating contemporary architecture as well with great examples as Reina Sofia Museum.

Looking for the tallest skycrapers in Madrid then Cuarto Torres, the business area completed in 2008 is the place to be!

Wander around in Madrid, look up to the sky and you will find other great examples of architecture or just have a look into this collection Architectural Marvels of Madrid

Please let me know if you have any images to add to this collection.

Photo credits: Serban Enache, Auris, Cbomers, Gvictoria, Jarroyo1982, Alvaro German Vilela.

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