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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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  • Attractive building in the Retiro Park. It is used as a special exhibit space from the Reina Sofia. When I was there, it turned to modern art. Not for everyone ... Be free of charge and also important: toilet facilities.
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  • The art exhibition they have in the building is terrible, and to think public money is being spent to house it. A disgrace, this is not art.  more »
  • 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 »
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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.