To go to bed at night in Madrid marks you as a little queer. For a long time your friends will be a little uncomfortable about it. Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night. 

 Ernest Hemingway

Few cities boast an artistic pedigree quite as pure as Madrid’s: many art lovers return here again and again.

It is the capital of Spain and the largest municipality in both the Community of Madrid and Spain as a whole.

While Madrid possesses modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighbourhoods and streets.

Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid; the Royal Theatre with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro Park, founded in 1631; the 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain’s historical archives; a large number of national museum and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three art museums: Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, a museum of modern art and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which completes the shortcomings of the other two museums.

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