Palacio de Velázquez, 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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  • This attractive looking building functions as an arts and crafts gallery and is unsurprisingly listed as a Bien de Interés Cultural (a category of the heritage register in Spain).  more »
  • Building with a beautiful architecture. Staff unfriendly. With a horrible treatment to tourists.
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  • When I came earlier this year this place was closed. It is lovely from the outside, in particular the painted tiles. The interior is rather more plain and maybe slightly disappointing in the decorativ...  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!
  • Great free collections that rotate frequently. Right in the heart of the beautiful Retiro Park, the jewel of Madrid.
  • This was a wonderful space which is well maintained. The exhibitions on display were modern and visually appeasing, however, there was no further information offered on the pieces offered. The only staff in the building were the security, and when my mother and I asked for futher information he replied "solo el seguridad, no se de estas cosas y la realidad es que ni me interesan" translation: I am just the security, i don't know about these and the reality is that they are of no interest to me.... We were a bit shocked at this reply. Shortly after he recommended that we visit another museum in the park, Casa de Vacas, where there was a colourful acrylic exhibition which he expressed that he was fond of.
  • Fantastic looking building with free admission and very powerful air conditioning for a warm day. Exhibition was so so. Plenty of staff looking bored.
  • A pretty building for exhibitions. Nothing really special, probably depending on what sort of thing is happening in it at the moment.

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