Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Madrid. For the first time. It was spring and a new local project had started. Simultaneously, I was dealing with my work from Shanghai. I needed time to get away. To hang out and go to local places. Especially, on my first visit. Thus, these are the places I fell in love with. Moreover, I think they are a MUST-SEE!.
Madrid is a city so full of life and culture. It is hard to justify it in a few paragraphs. Artistically, the city holds its own against any place in Europe. It has the best art museums on the continent. Renaissance masterworks and seminal 20th-century pieces are waiting to captivate you.
It is also known as Puerta de Atocha. It was inaugurated in 1851. Additionally, the building was largely destroyed by fire. However, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1892. The name Atocha has become attached to the station. This is because of the nearby basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Atocha. The train platforms were partly covered by a roof. In the form of the inverted hull. It has a height of approximately 27 meters and a length of 157 meters.
The steel and glass roof spreads between two brick flanking buildings. All corners here are a vintage dream. The windows and the architecture remain intact. Therefore, it’s perfect for pictures and hangouts. In addition, you have different food places. Furthermore, you also have a central huge garden.
The original building was once servied as a terminal. It was converted into a concourse. It has shops, cafés, a nightclub, and a magnificent greenhouse. Over 7,000 plants belonging to around 260 different species adorn the garden. It includes a pond with 22 species of fish and turtles. In the summer months, when the dry heat of Madrid seeps through the glass roof, hundreds of tiny sprinklers let off a sort of steam. Giving the place a genuine look of outdoors jungle.
MUSEO REINA SOFIA
it is also known as El Reina. Spain’s national museum of 20th-century art. The museum was officially inaugurated on September 10, 1992. it is named for Queen Sofía. It’s near the Atocha so, its a perfect location. Especially, if you have a few days to see places around the city. In this area, you can also find Golden Triangle of Art Located along the Paseo del Prado. It also comprises of the Museo del Prado and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Along with its extensive collection, the Sophia museum offers a mixture of national and international temporary exhibitions. This in its many galleries. Making it one of the world’s largest museums. Especially, for modern and contemporary art.
It also hosts a free-access library. It specializes in art. Additionally, it has a collection of over 100,000 books,
3,500 sound recordings, and almost 1,000 videos.
La Dama del Manzanares was the place I loved the most on this trip. It’s just an urban sculpture located in the Manzanares Park. It is located at the highest point of the Linear Park. This place is famous for its 35-hectare garden area. Articulated around the banks of the homonymous river. It is located in the vicinity of the so-called south junction of the M-30 motorway.
The lady was made of bronze and steel in 2003. Valencian artist Manolo Valdés was the designer. One of the founders of Equipo Crónica. It measures 13 meters high and weighs approximately 8 tons. The sculpture crowns the top of the artificial hill of La Atalaya. It was later elevated, as a viewpoint of the city. It is on a pyramid platform 21 meters high. Additionally, it was designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill.
This represents the head of a woman. Her face is set towards the north. That is, towards the urban center of Madrid. It is dedicated to the Manzanares River. In 2005, a lighting system was inaugurated. It consisted of 24 projectors, whose tonalities change with each station. You can see the Sierra Nevada from the face of the lady. That is the power that it has. This feeling is indescribable. It is simply a powerful place to be.
Matadero is a cultural and particular place to visit. It was a formerly a slaughterhouse in the Arganzuela district. It has since been converted to an arts center. Matadero Madrid is lively. It is constantly changing space at the service of creative processes. Also, participatory artistic training. As wel as, dialogue between the arts. It was set up to help reflect on the contemporary socio-cultural environment. Allso it was set up to support processes to build the culture of today and tomorrow. It is a laboratory for experimentation. Also, promoting new cross-disciplinary formula.
The buildings were in use as a slaughterhouse until 1996. At the turn of the 21st century, Madrid City Council decided to turn this space into a great laboratory. This, for contemporary artistic creation. In keeping with its experimental vocation, all the restoration work was developed through flexible and reversible architecture. It uses industrial materials that go with the premise’s character.
Thus, Matadero has become an opportunity to experiment with Madrid’s new architecture. It is also a place with different spaces and areas. A day or 2 is needed. Especially, if you want to see art spaces, video expositions, pub, cafes and art arcades. All you can imagine! If you love culture, visuals, and performance as much as I do, this place is for you.
MERCADO SAN MIGUEL
This place is magic. It also has a huge significance for me. This is because my grand-father visited it. Additionally, my father also visited. Therefore, now I am here to see what they once to witnessed. We all have a different idea of how it was before. Not to mention,what it is now.
San Miguel was built in 1916. It was bought and renovated in 2003. It reopened in 2009. San Miguel Market is the most popular market in Madrid. More significantly among tourists. Especially, because it is located in the center of Madrid. A walking distance from Plaza Mayor.
The market is not a traditional grocery. However, it is a gourmet tapas market. Thus, over 30 different vendors sell a wide variety of freshly prepared tapas. They sell lovely wine and tapas bar to colorful stalls. In addition, there is also the selling of all kinds of fresh produce. For instance, fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood. There’s nothing you can’t find in Madrid’s best and most exciting market.
Additionally, Mercado de San Miguel is also an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. Moreover, the venue is very elegant. It is equipped with the latest technology. However, it still manages to retain its traditional heritage and atmosphere.