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Museo Cerralbo
Museo Cerralbo
#About the Marquis's Collection that Became a Historic Museum

The Cerralbo Museum (Museo Cerralbo) was established in the 19th century, in the fancy house whose frescoes are very fancy, and it is busy with decorations and gold finishings, a tribute to the houses of the nobility of the past. Beyond being an excellent museum, the palace displays the impressive lives of the aristocracy and nobility of Madrid.

The museum is located in what used to be the house of the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo, Enrique de Aguilera (1845 - 1922), who dedicated his life to researching history, art, and politics in Spain. From the outside, the building looks like a rather simple museum, however, the inside is a breath of grandeur and splendor from the items inside.

In the travels of Aguilera around Europe, he used to collect art pieces, that together make an extensive and impressive collection, including over 50,000 pieces of art, paintings, statues, glass works, furniture, wall carpets, watches, coins, and more.

Corridors packed with art treasures, grandeur and beautiful staircase, designed rooms full of fancy items, halls with touches of expensive furniture and many more bathing and sleeping rooms of nobles - this house is the peak of beauty and good taste.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Xaw9UoiLoD0
Monumento A Cervantes
Monumento A Cervantes
#About the Statue of Cervantes and his works Don Quixote and Sancho Pancho

At the center of a square in Spain, the Plaza de Espana, there is a huge and impressive statue of the famous Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, author of the famous novel "Don Quixote."

In the statue is the famous author of Don Quixote, when he is looking at the two most famous characters he created - two bronze statues, of Don Quixote, looking for wind-mills to fight, and next to him the statue of his trusted servant, Sancho Pancho. These two are riding under the author on their known horse and donkey.

The literary Don Quixote did not exactly win the wind-mills but managed to become a symbol for many generations, for those righteous fighters, who were destined to fail while fighting stronger forces, like bureaucracy, corruption, a dirty government, and tourists who want a selfie with a large statue...




A Close Look at the Impressive Statue:

https://youtu.be/QVvHe-c3OJ8


VR and a 360 Degree View:

https://youtu.be/U4ctEj1i-G0
Museo del Jamon
Museo del Jamon
#About the Popular Tapas Eatery in Madrid

Those with a small budget and tapas lovers will find what they are looking for at the popular chain Museo del Jamon, meaning something like "Museum of Ham," Madrid's favorite meat.

This chain offers a large variety of delicious and cheap sandwiches, that the people of Madrid love, alongside a glass of wine. There are also great tapas, that cost only 1.2 to 1.5 euros. A beer or glass of wine can cost only one euro each.

Besides the tapas and seafood bowls, there are great meats and hams, the star of the Madrid kitchen.

Next to all of these in the 'Museum,' there is a row of Spanish baked goods that are really delicious.


A Closer Look at the Museo del Jamon:

https://youtu.be/kV6gRTS0q4I


Another Visit:

https://youtu.be/v-YmH5qAzXQ
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
#About the Statue of Don Quixote, his Servant Sancho Pancho and the Author Who Wrote about Them

Plaza de Espana, is a large and green square, located at the end of Gran Via - the main shopping avenue in Madrid. In the square there is a large fountain and lots of pretty greenery. It is the perfect place if you are looking for a little rest from the urban walking, and still want to be in a vibrant urban environment.

At the center of the square is a monument in memory of the national author Miguel de Cervantes, who wrote the novel about Don Quixote. Many have made him into a national and cultural hero, because of his ability to present words of help and frustration of the Spanish nation, that come into action by Don Quixote's battles for the windmills. The statue presents Cervantes himself, as he looks onto the two characters: two bronze statues places under him, one of Don Quixote, and the other of his trusted servant, Sancho Pancho.

It is not for nothing that this whole area filled up with skyscrapers, this is one of the busiest intersections in Madrid. Two of the most prominent skyscrapers at in Plaza de Espana are Edificio Espana (built in 1947, and was built with modern elements and new buildings styles, along with traditional Spanish style), and not far is the Torre de Madrid, which for years has been the tallest building in Madrid.


A Closer Look at Plaza de Espana:

https://youtu.be/yGxrj0aO78A

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Parque del Oeste
Parque del Oeste
#About the Park with the Egyptian Temple and Skates

Parque del Oeste is a designed park from the 21st century, with a beautiful view and a special atmosphere.

The park is located on the side of a hill, overlooking the Manzanares River. At the southern edge, on the Principe Pio Hill, there is the Debod Temple, an Egyptian Temple from the 4th century AD. The temple was brought here when the area, in southern Egypt, where it was located, was flooded by Lake Nasser.

Climb to the top of Parque del Oeste, to the Paseo Pintor de Rosales walkway, from which you can look at the park from above and watch amazing sunsets. Along the walkway are cafes where many of the cities well-off residents tend to sit.




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/1LA0VU6Tr2c


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/uKpySNY35is?t=17s
Gran Via
Gran Via
#About the Central Avenue and the Heaven for Shopping Lovers in Madrid

The Gran Via Avenue, is the main street in the city of Madrid. This is not only because of all the different stores, but thanks to the architecturally impressive buildings on the street. The best Spanish architects took part in building the buildings on Gran Via, the ones you see around you.

The avenue itself was built in the 20th century. The original purpose of the street, build in the 19th century, was to connect between Puerta de Alcalá to Plaza de Espana.

In 1904 the plans were finally approved, and a few years later, construction began. In 1929 construction was completed.

During the Civil War period, the name of the street changed a few times, for everyone who ruled wanted to give it its own name.

Today, the avenue is crowded and luxurious. There are movie theaters, fascinating luxury homes, huge stores, and more. You can see here the Central Bank, the Communication Palace, and many other public buildings. On one side of the square there is Plaza de Espana, and on the other side the Paseo del Prado.

If the name Gran Via is familiar to you, that is because it is popular for street names around Spain - in Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Madrid. If your accommodation is near the Gran Via, it means you have a great place to stay!



A Little Gran Via Atmosphere:

https://youtu.be/X3olPa1_g_c
Templo de Debod
Templo de Debod
#About the Ancient Temple that Egpyt Gave to Spain as a Present

The Templo de Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple that is located in the well-maintained Parque del Oeste.

The temple was moved from its original spot in south Egypt, when it was given as a gift to the Spanish government in 1968. The gift was given by the Egyptian government, as a thank you gesture for a Spanish team of architects, who were brought through UNESCO, for preserving temples like the Abu Simbel Temples, that were in danger during the construction of the Aswan Dam and the flooding created in Nassar Lake.

In 1968 the temple was moved to Spain and rebuilt near the Royal Palace of Madrid, not far from Plaza de Espana. This is a small temple with one floor. Many stairs lead to it in the park, for it is located on a hill, from which is a beautiful view. Around the temple are pools, and two of the three original gates. The pools create beautiful reflections, that look really nice in photos.



#About the Temple Itself

The Templo de Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple built originally in southern Egypt.

This is a temple from the 4th century AD, on whose interior walls can be seen ancient Egyptian inscriptions. It was originally dedicated to God Amun. The steps leading to the display of a model where it was located in Egypt, from where it was brought to Spain.

The building began in the ancient times by Kushite king of Meroë. Originally, it held only a small prayer room, and was dedicated as a prayer place for the God Amun. The steps lead to a nice display about Egypt, where the temple was originally located.

In 1968 the temple was moved to Madrid, the capital of Spain, and rebuilt here, exactly like the original.



#Tips

The temple is open until 1:00 pm daily, try arriving in the morning, as early as possible.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/qjF64LbZkqQ


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