About Art and Design in Madrid
Madrid really is a culture vulture’s paradise. Packed with staggeringly beautiful architecture, fascinating museums and breathtaking art galleries at every corner, Madrid never disappoints those in search of mind-broadening experiences. The Triangle of Art is at the top of many visitors’ to-do lists and includes the Prado Museum, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum – all of which can be easily reached by a subway ride.
Between 1pm and 4pm – give or take 30 minutes – locals enjoy a siesta, when many shops, restaurants and banks close. Locals use exaggerated hand gestures when talking and can be very loud, even if they’re just inches away from the people they’re talking to. It’s normal to give one kiss on each cheek when greeting someone – two men often choose to just shake hands or hug.
Madrid’s history can be traced back to the 9th century, when Muhammad I of Córdoba ordered the construction of the Palacio Real. This palace was built next to the Manzanares river, which Muslims referred to as al-Majrīṭ. Over the years, this name changed to Majerit, before finally transforming into the Madrid that we know today.
Politics & Economy
Madrid forms part of the Madrid Autonomous Community, which is run by the Statute of Autonomy, comprised of The Madrid Assembly representing the people and the President of Madrid as the supreme representative. The government of Madrid comprises of the Board of Councilors made up of the President, the Deputy President, and nine Councilors.
Madrid is one of the largest financial centers in Europe with a very important service sector. Most services are geared toward companies, transport, communications, property and finance. Tourism also has a very positive effect on the economy.
Miguel de Cervantes: Spain’s most outstanding writer
Lope de Vega: ingenious writer
Ernest Hemingway: American writer
Penélope Cruz: actress
Raúl González: soccer player who played for Real Madrid
Arrival of the Three Kings, Festimad Sur, Teatralia, Klubber’s Day, Madrid en Danza, Músicas del Mundo Getafe, PHotoEspaña, Metrorock, Summercase and La Noche en Blanco.
The Prado Museum
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Holidays & Festivals
Madrid celebrates a huge number of holidays and festivals throughout the year. Here are some of the biggest and best. Fiestas de San Isidro, Festival de Otoño, Semana Santa and Dos de Mayo.
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