The Vibrant History of Madrid
Madrid is the largest city in Spain and it boasts of a combination of antique and modern spirit. The city has a history of long battles for possession. It was founded, fortified and occupied in turns by the Romans, the Moors under Mohammed I and Catholic monarchs like King Alfonso VI and Fernando IV. Finally, it was declared as the capital of Spain by Felipe II in the 17th century. The Royal Palace and many other magnificent buildings you see today in Madrid were the handiwork of the House of Bourbon. Similarly, the Plaza Mayor, the Prado Museum and the Alcala gate were the contributions of the other prominent lineages coming to power in Madrid from time to time. You can see some of these structures depicted clearly in the metal fridge magnet representation of Madrid. This ornate brass colored, plate-shaped souvenir measures 7x7x0.8 cm and at a glance reminds you the splendor of the city.
Places of Tourist Interest in Madrid
Madrid, which translates to "place of many streams", has a flavor for every tongue. Art lovers would love visiting The Prado that has the largest collection of Spanish paintings as well as a large body of Flemish and Italian masters like Hieronymous Bosch, Titian, Raphael and Tintoretto. The Palacio Real near the ancient Moorish fort, which was the regal residence for many Spanish kings, is worth a visit. Take a one-hour trip through its 50 rooms including the Throne Room, Gasparini Room, Royal Armory, etc. Take a stroll into Parque del Retiro - the 121 hectares Habsburg hunting ground dating back to the 17th century. If you are a foodie, go for Plaza Santa Ana and enjoy the delicacy el tapeo. You can catch the enigmatic night crowd of Madrid at Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor.