are four points that take you a bit off the central tour path:
Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida: This hermitage is
home to Fancisco de Goya's most important frescoes, among them the
Ciclo de los Milagros de San Antonio, which decorates the dome,
pechinas y crucero, and narrates the miracle of San Antonio de Padua
on Lisbon in which he resuscitates a dead man in order that he declare
innocent his accused murderer. The remains of Goya have lain in
the hermitage since 1919.
Puente de Toledo: Constructed by Pedro de Ribera between
1719 and 1732, this footbridge crosses the Manzanares. Preceeded
by the older and bigger Puente de Segovia (16th C.), this bridge
demonstrates a discrete beauty.
Parque de la Fuente del Berro: Acquired by the Duke of
Frías in the 17th C. and ceded to the monks of Montserrat
in the 18th C, this park was scene of many parties and celebrations.
In 1941, it was acquired by the Ayuntamiento (City Hall) de Madrid.
Now it is a garden-filled park, with a smattering of small constructions
and fountains, and a pond with several different streams of water.
Sorolla: This is the site that least moves away from
the central tourist route. Situated in what was once the house of
the Valencian painter, it exhibits his work and the collections
that he put together in his lifetime. The museum reflects the environment
in which the painter lived.
take the central tourist path, one could take the following path:
at the Cuartel del Conde Duque, constructed
by Pedro de Ribera to house the Royal Companies of the Guardias
de Corps under the reign of Felipe V. The severe-looking walls contrast
with the doorway which allows entrance to the cultural center in
which the Municipal Historical Archives and the Municipal Hemeroteca
the street La Princesa, one comes upon the Plaza
de España, dominated by the Statue
of Cervantes and a sculpture of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza.
de la Almudena
the calle Bailén, many historical buildings are discovered,
but we won't stop to visit them on this route. Continue along until
the Iglesia de la Virgen de la Paloma,
a small church that was erected behind the catedral
de la Almudena, which reflects life in the time of Pérez
along calle Mayor, and very near the Puerta
del Sol, we find the Plaza de Pontejos,
surrounded by small, charming shops in which the most traditional
souvenirs can be found.
calle de Huertas, we slip ourselves
into the middle of the siglo de oro. Here in the Barrio
de los Literatos or de las Musas (the Neighborhood of Letters
or of the Muses), the Casa-Museo de Lope de
Vega, el Corral de la Pacheca and the Corral de la Cruz are
the highlights. In this area, Lope, Tirso de Molina, Cervantes,
Quevedo, Calderón and Góngora, among others, premiered
their plays. Cervantes himself is buried in the convent
'de las Trinitarias'.
reaching the Paseo del Prado, we can
visit the famous Museum, especially
the Goya and Velázquez rooms, in order to give ourselves
an idea of the society of this era through its paintings.
along Paseo del Prado, we arrive to
the Plaza de la Cibeles, from where
we turn onto the calle de Alcalá
in order to visit the Royal Academy of Fine
Arts, center of meetings and chats during the Siglo de Oro
and, today, cultural center of exhibitions, theatre and conference
center. Within its walls, parties are common occurences, or one
can simply have coffee in its "pecera (fishbowl)".
to the Paseo de Recoletos, we reach
the Biblioteca Nacional (National Library),
whose exterior is worth seeing, although it is not possible to enter
within its halls, in which the most important base of documents
of the country is stored.
the Plaza de Colón (Columbus),
turn to find the Plaza de las Salesas Reales,
where the Church of the same name rises. Dating back to the time
of the Bourbons, this church conserves within a notable number of
paintings, sculptures and sepulchres.
we will end our visit at the Municipal Museum,
to which we arrive by calle de Mujía
Lequerica. This builiding is another of the works by Pedro
de Ribera and is situated in the old Hospicio de San Fernando,
the chapel is still conserved with
the sepulchres of Beatriz Galindo and her husband, as well as a
canvas of Lucas Jordán. This is one of the best museums for
learning about the history of Madrid and possesses an 1830 model
of the city by León Gil Palacios.