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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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  • Palacio Velazquez is located entirely within Parque del Buen Retiro (Retiro/Retreat Park), and is part of Museo Reina Sofia, which features contemporary art. When there in May, unfortunately, the muse...  more »
  • The building itself has an interesting warehouse architecture, based on really nice metal frames and the modern addition of air conditioning is very useful for a hot summer day. The exterior seems mor...  more »
  • This is one of the many open art spaces in the Retiro Park. Whether it is worth visiting will depend on what is showing at the time. In May 2017, it was Franz Erhard Walther, with a collection of mode...  more »
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  • At the time we went, the exhibition on display was of the works of Franz Erhard Walther. While the exhibition wasn't necessarily for my tastes, the building itself is great to showcase works of art such as the one on display. The building is located inside the park. It has air conditioning which is an amazing break from the blazing heat. The staff there were all nice and for those who need it, there is a bathroom there too. The most amazing part of our trip to this location though was the local artist posted just outside the entrance of the building. His name is Yonathan and he has many local pieces of art for sale should you be interested. My wife and I bought a few of his pieces during our trip and would highly recommend them to others. However, the highlight of Yonathan was not just his artwork but he is one of the most friendliest, nice individuals to talk to. He has many great tips for visitors and has a great story to tell should you be interested. Definitely recommend talking a moment to speak with him!
  • Fantastic looking building with free admission and very powerful air conditioning for a warm day. Exhibition was so so. Plenty of staff looking bored.
  • 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.

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