Retiro Park+

Hola,

On the scale of great adventures today wasn’t really high up there, but wow was it interesting. Today I visited Retro Park here in Madrid; if I could describe it in one word it would be “whoa.” This is definitely not your typical park.

For starters this park is huge, or better yet it is HUUUGE! To put it in perspective, I walked for almost 2 hours and I was only able to walk about a half of it. With about 350 acres of space this park has pretty much everything a park is supposed to have and much more! The park was formerly owned by the Monarchs of Spain until the 19th Century. When you walk about the park you definitely feel a sense of royalty at the sight of the many street like paths and beautiful flora.

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Fountain de Alcachofa (credit: Esteban Martinez)

One of the greatest features of the park is that it is home to several fountains, including Fuente de Alcachofa (pictured above)!  I can’t stress this enough, this park is huge, so huge I wasn’t even able to find all the fountains.

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Unknown Fountain (credit: Esteban Martinez)

The most famous of the fountains in El Retiro is the Sculpture of the Fallen Angel, located near the Rose Gardens. Many believe this to be  the only sculpture of Satan in the world as it displays Lucifer’s expulsion and is surrounded by a fountain of demonic heads. I’m not too sure why, but many people tend to not let their children play around it…

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Estatua del Angel Caído (credit: Esteban Martinez)

Besides the beautiful fountains the park is also home to two palaces, one of which is the Palacio de Cristal, or Crystal Palace. The palace, as the name suggests, is made of glass that houses several different art galleries that change on a monthly bases. As you can see the palace looks almost as if it came out of the movie Cinderella. Not surprisingly, many  couples take their wedding photos here.

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Palacio de Cristal (credit: Esteban Martinez)

Arguably the greatest feature of the park is the Great Lake and Monument of Alfonso XII. The lake, or great pond, is where many people both tourist and locals alike can rent a boat for less than 5 dollars and row their way around the center of the park while enjoying the great sites such as the monument itself.

Monument of Alfonso XII
Monumento Alfonso XII (credit: Esteban Martinez)

Expect a few more posts about the park since it is that HUUUGE! Hasta luego chicos!

 

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