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Palacio de Velazquez, Madrid

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Palacio de Velázquez, or Velázquez Palace is an exhibition hall located in Buen Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain.Originally known as the Palacio de la Minería, it was built in 1881-3 for the Exposición Nacional de Minería by architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, engineer Alberto Palacio, and ceramist Daniel Zuloaga. It functions as an arts and crafts gallery and is listed as a Bien de Interés Cultural. The building's interior is viewable on Google Street View and it is part of the Google Art Project.GeographyPalacio de Velázquez is located in the Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid's Jeronimos district. It occupies a central position in the park, between the large boating lake and the small lake next to the Palacio de Cristal. The Buen Retiro ("nice retreat") was originally a royal hunting ground converted into an exclusive royal park for Felipe IV's Buen Retiro Palace, which spread over 300acre. The palace was largely demolished after the Peninsular War, with only Casón del Buen Retiro (a ballroom) and Salón de Reinos (used as a throne room) still existing, and the park has been open to public since 1868.
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  • The Palacio is an attractive building on the outside though somewhat strange on the inside. It is now used as a free extension of the Museo Reina Sofia displaying contemporary art exhibits and as such...  more »
  • The Palacio de Velazquez is South of big lake in the heart of the Retiro Park. He now serves as exhibition hall for temporary exhibitions. The admission is free. But also the sight from outside is quite attractive and is worth a short visit. The building we liked.
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  • Next to the Palacio de Cristal, sure that outside gonna it see. It is not the large buildings of Madrid and is dated in the 1800S, in the 1880's. You will most probably like or menso depending on the exposure having when you visit, because it has no internal structure, is a place dedicated to expose; that Yes, free admission. Either that, or like they are exposed or is worth to see it on the outside.
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  • Great air conditioning, good exterior, but the exhibit (true at 14th Aug 2016) was just a series of pictures of text spread thinly around the large interior.
  • The Palacio de Velazquez itself, has nice architecture and décor with coloured tiles. It is one of many sites to see within the Buen Retiro Park. Although the contemporary art exhibition is another thing. I will say no more, you be the judge.
  • Part of Renia Sophia, Palacio de Valaquez showcases some interesting exhibits. Do pop by if you are in Retiro Park.
  • Part of the exhibition of Reina Sofia Center of Arts. Entrance is free here so if you're in Retiro park just drop by :)
  • Great free art museum inside.