Monday, December 13, 2010

25 little known historical treasures in Madrid

The Comunidad de Madrid has just published a list of 25 places of high cultural interest in the region as part of its 25th anniversary of preserving the region's herritage. Most of these places very few people know about, in fact in many cases the monument is no longer standing and only the remains can be seen today. However they are all hidden jewels from the Comindad de Madrid's rich and interesting past and we think it would be well worth visiting some of them.  Here's the full list:

  • XI century walls at Buitrago de Lozoya
  • The castle at Manzanares el Real
  • Coracera Castle in San Martín de Valdeiglesias
  • The museum of Regional Archeology at Alcalá Henares
  • The former El Alquila brewery in Madrid dating from the early 20th century

  • Chinchón's Plaza Mayor (above)
  • San Ginés Church, Madrid
  • Real Coliseo Carlos III at  San Lorenzo de El Escorial- one of the oldest theatres in Spain
  • San José Hospital and homeopathy institute
  • Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, in Madrid- located in a beautiful former palace
  • The roman bridge at Talamanca de Jarama (above)
  • The Telegraph Tower at Arganda del Rey
  • The Queen Mother's coach house at Aranjuez
  • Roman roads at Fuenfría which once linked Segovia and Toledo
  • Dinosaur remains at Carpetana Metro Station
  • Remains of the Buen Suceso church in Sol Cercanías Station, uncovered during construction

  • Traces of the old Roman town of Complutum, located near Alcalá Henares (above)
  • Remedios Necropolis at Colmenar Viejo
  • Medieval burrial ground in Sieteiglesias
  • La Capilla de Obispo gothic style funeral chapel (above)
  • Asunción de Nuestra Señora Church in Meco dating from the renaissance era
  • The church at Colmenar de Oreja
  • The barroque masterpiece Sacristía de los Caballeros del Convento de Comendadoras in Madrid
  • The organ at the Santuario y Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro Church in Madrid
  • Golden Rococo style altar at the Parroquial de Santa María Magdalena, church in Torrelaguna

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