Nicknamed the Lungs of Madrid, the Parque del Buen Retiro (“Park of the Pleasant Retreat”) is a place to breathe deep. It began its life as a royal retreat near the San Jerónimo el Real and gradually grew into a place of gardens and stately avenues near the Palacio del
If you were a king in Madrid, you needed to be on a horse. The figure on top of the Monumento a Alfonso XII (“Monument to Alfonso XII”) joins a long line of equestrian statues, including one of Philip III in the Plaza Mayor and Philip IV in front of
This quirky Baroque fountain is named after the artichoke that crowns its top. According to Emilio Guerra, the presence of the vegetable may be way of honoring its medicinal properties or as a symbol of fertility. But the main figures here are the backsides of the Triton and the Nereid
The Parque del Buen Retiro (Retiro Park) has 15,000+ trees, including chestnuts, cedars, and the Ahuehuete (“Montezuma Cypress”). This is the oldest tree in the park (~A.D. 1630) and witnessed the Spanish War of Independence/Peninsular War.
The Palacio de Cristal del Retiro (“Glass Palace”) was built in A.D. 1887 for the Exposition of the Philippines. Originally, it was intended to be a greenhouse full of tropical plants. Ricardo Velázquez Bosco had an English example in mind for the design—it’s not as tall or wide as the