Exploring the old center of Madrid, Spain

March 2012 trip to Madrid, Venice, Verona, Milan and Paris.
Madrid: Parque del Retiro, Crystal Palace, Prado, Royal Palace, Tapas

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Papa Smurf posing for photos in Madrid, Spain
San Jeronimo el Real Church - Madrid, Spain
San Jeronimo el Real Church

Sunday (continued)

The afternoon was ending and we hurried to see more of Madrid during our short visit.

There is a beautiful church right behind the Prado and we went up the hill to check out the San Jeronimo el Real Church. Unfortunately, the 1505 gothic Renaissance style church was not open, so we walked back down the hill and on toward the city center.

Along the way, we spotted several of the scenes we had seen on postcards earlier in the afternoon.

Fuente de Neptuno (Neptune Fountain) - Madrid, Spain
Fuente de Neptuno (Neptune Fountain) designed by Ventura Rodríguez & sculpted by Juan Pascual de Mena from 1780-84

Ministry of the Interior clock tower - Madrid, Spain
This clock tower at the Puerta del Sol on the Ministry of the Interior building is where Madrid gathers to celebrate New Year's Eve

Hello Litty, Micky Mouse, Mini Mouse in Puerta del Sol
The Puerta del Sol was the first of many places in Spain and Italy where we saw people in costumes, posing for photos to get tips

Bear and the Madrono Tree - Madrid, Spain
Linda with the Bear and the Madrono Tree sculpture which is the symbol of Madrid

Palacio Real de Madrid (The Royal Palace of Madrid) Spain
The Palacio Real de Madrid (The Royal Palace of Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family
in the city of Madrid, but it is only used for state ceremonies.  (prints of this photo are available at Finearts America)

Plaza de Oriente fountain in Madrid, Spain
Fountain with lions on the Plaza de Oriente in front of the Royal Palace

Plaza de Oriente statues - Madrid, Spain
44 statues of Spanish monarchs in 2 rows, line the Plaza de Oriente

Museo Catedral de la Almudena - Madrid, Spain
Museo Catedral de la Almudena was completed in 1993 and took 110 years to build

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