What To Expect
Hapsburg was once the capital of Spain, with its magnificent architecture and historical role in forming the culture of the country and its people. Visit the Arco de Cuchilleros, the most famous of the ten entrances to the Plaza Mayor. See the Casa de la Panederia which suffered several remodelings until its most recent in 1988, when Madrid launched a contest to the public to design its new facade.
Visit the statue of Felipe III riding triumphantly on his stallion. This statue possesses an intriguing history. Relics of the Spanish monarchy were mutilated by the public in the past, including the statue of Felipe III, but the civilians stopped their destruction of his statue astonishingly because several bones fell from the hollow statue as it was being defaced. The vandals thought the bones came from the guardian spirit of Felipe III and left the statue in peace! The bones turn out to be the skeletons of birds trapped in the statue, but it still remains a mystery as to how they ended up there.
Go to Plaza de la Villa, the largest building in the square, which is connected by an arch to Casa de Cisneros, a fine example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. The nearby Torre de los Lujanes is one of the most ancient buildings in the city, constructed in Mudejar style with gothic features.
Gain access to the Prado museum, one of the most renowned in the world containing the work of the greatest western artists that have ever lived!
Cultivate your eyes to the art of Pablo Picasso, and admire his masterpiece Guernica which depicts events during the Spanish Civil war. See a historical incident from the perspective of a genius and open your mind and soul to the new ideals triggered by appreciating art.
Experience an intimate encounter with the works of Francisco de Goya. The comprehensive collections provide you with the golden opportunity to analyze the paintings with considerable depth. Marvel in the presence of his portraits, tapestry cartoons and of course his iconic Maja paintings.
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