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GENERAL ABOUT MADRID

madrid castizoLocated in the center of Spain, the province lies around the city of Madrid. The city has been Spain's capital since the 18th century. It was founded on the 11th century by the Arabs who gave it the name of 'Magerid'. Today it's an important economical and cultural center and home to a relevant historic and artistic heritage in wich one can highlight the 'Madrid de los Austrias'. Some 'must-sees' are the 'Puerta del Sol' (the very center), the 'Plaza Mayor' (main square) or the 'Palacio de Oriente' (the old royal palace). Madrid has excellent museums like the Prado Museum, one of the best in the world for painting. A recent acquisition has been the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection hosted in a building accross the street from the Prado Museum. Contemporary art has its own museum, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

In Madrid province we suggest visiting the monsatery of San Lorenzo del Escorial, founded by the king Felipe II in 1563, and designed by Juan de Herrera the most relvant reinassance Spanish architect. To the south we recommend the town of Aranjuez, an old Summer residence of the royal family.

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