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Madrid, Spain

Royal Palace Madrid Photo, Madrid, Spain

Madrid is the capital of Spain, which has a population of over three million. It is a business center and is the home of the Spanish Royal Family. Most of its industry is located south of the city, where textile, food and metal factories may be found. Madrid has a very fun nightlife and is a center for arts and culture. There are many places to see in Madrid here are my 2 favorite.

One place that has to be seen is the Royal Palace of Madrid. The immense palace was built by King Philips V in 1734. Now, it is used for official acts of state as well as special ceremonies. The royal family does not live there anymore. There are over 2000 beautifully decorated room, some walls are even lined in silver and gold. Each room has its own unique style, no two room seem to be done in the same manner. Only 50 of the 2000+ rooms are available to the general public for viewing.

The Palace is open:
Weekdays 9am to 6pm, Holidays 9am to 3pm
Oct. 1 to March 31, the Palace is open: Weekdays 9:30am to 5pm, Holidays 9am to 2pm

Address: Calle Bailén, 6

Phone: +34 91 5475350

Website: http://www.patrimonionacional.es/en/preal/bdpreal1.htm

Another impressive site is the Valley of the Fallen or as the locals say Santa Cruz del Valle los Caidos is a worthwhile visit. It was commissioned by General Franco as an attempt of reconsiliation after the Spanish Civil war. The site consists of a huge 500 foot cross on top of a rock with a basillica carved within the rock below.

Phone: (91) 890 5611

Website: http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/spain/madrid/fallen/fallen.html

Other Contact: North of El Escorial on M600.

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