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Palacio de Cristal, Madrid
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Palacio de Cristal originally served as a greenhouse for exotic plants, but now houses art exhibits sponsored by the Reina Sofia. Built entirely of iron and glass, it reaches 22 m (72 ft) at its highest. Watch ducks and geese swim in pond next to the structure and walk around the pond to get views of the palace from a distance. Bring a picnic and rest in the grass in the surrounding park. Make Palacio de Cristal a centerpiece of your Madrid vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Madrid tour planner.
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  • If you are strolling through the retirement don't go even for a few minutes. And if you have luck you will see any art exhibition.
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  • When we visit the place had an exhibition. They usually occur several exhibitions in this Palace. It is located within the Parque del Retiro. Eye not to be missed!
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  • In the heart of the Retiro Park lies the pituresque Crystal Palace. The inside was being prepared for a exhibition at the time we visited. But it is free to walk around. When we walked around the outs...  more »
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  • So beautiful! I didn't get to go inside this time but it is worth to check out from outside as well.
  • Pretty building to check out if you're in the park, but such a waste to be used for weird exhibits. Won't it be interesting if they can rent it out for an event or parties? Just saying. IG 📷: thearchitectdraws
  • Nice glass building with surprisingly clean windows. Inside there was a very small exhibition of weird modern art "apparently" and old devices, like typewriters and such. Right in front of the palacio you can find stairs leading right into the small lake with a fountain and some turtles. Must see if you are in Retiro.
  • Worth visiting just to view the architecture based on glass. An xray vision of the building. ;) Nice walk in the park.
  • The Crystal Palace is such a beautiful structure. I've been here a dozen of times and there is always something new inside. My favorite time to go is in the evening when the shadows are long and the colors are subtle.