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The City

“¡Madrid, Madrid; how nice your name sounds!” There, in the middle of the Iberian peninsula, delimited by a mountain range – the central system, near the Guadarrama mountain – and the valley of the Tajo River…. Where modernism contrast with its important historic city and its cultural traditions…
“Let´s say I am talking about Madrid”, capital city of Spain, home of the Government, The Courts and official residence of the Kings of Spain; economic, financial, administrative and service centre for all the big companies; referent of its national cultural, artistic and historic heritage .
Madrid, more than 100 museums, the 3 best art galleries in the World (Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofía, Thyssen Museum). There, where the green areas are abundant amid the city, with the most tree-lined avenues of all Europe, Parks like the Monte de El Pardo (El Pardo Hill) and the Casa de Campo (Country House), the El Retiro Gardens, the parque del Oeste (West Park) and the Dehesa de la Villa (Villa Pastures); theme parks, Aquópolis, Faunia and the Madrid Zoo, for family outings. Alcalá de Henares, the Palacio Real de Aranjuez (Aranjuez Royal Palace) and the El Escorial Monastery, the Madrid City Hall, declared Humanity Heritage by the UNESCO.
Madrid is going out for tapas, the flamenco, the zarzuela, the bull fights; Shopping in the Salamanca neighbourhood or the avant-garde of the Chueca neighbourhood, and its Fuencarral Market, getting to know the fashion tendencies at the Cibeles catwalk, main international home to promote Spanish fashion. Sundays at the Rastro, the Plaza Mayor (Main Square) and the Puerta del Sol (Gate of the Sun), meeting point of the Oso (Bear) and the Madroño, symbols of the community of Madrid. Madrid lives by night, with its variety of bars, restaurants, pubs, discos and tablaos flamencos, cinemas, theatres, musical shows.
Madrid by day, with its traditional verbenas (celebration), the popular celebrations and the San Isidro bull fair, considered the most important in the World; the Masters Series, home of football clubs like Real Madrid, the Atlético de Madrid and the Getafe CF.
Madrid, first cultural scene, Business centre, source of information: if it happens in Spain, it happens in Madrid, the most Spanish of the cities.

History of Madrid

Its first inhabitants –the muslims- called it Magerit, “Earth Rich in water”. The fusion between the Arabic and romance names, made that its Christian name prevailed, after the conquest, the latin Matrit, actual Madrid.
Founded as a fort in the IX Century, and reduced to town in the following centuries, Madrid had a outstanding role in the history of Spain, when Philip II designated it capital city of Spain by royal decree, in 1561. It transformed into the main site of the artistic and literary life of Spain, attracting thousands of artists: the Madrid of the Golden century. The House of Austria, the Renaissance and the Barroque, the Barrio de las Letras (Neighbourhood of the Letters), the Villa y Corte (Villa and Court); the Velázquez paintings, the literary works of Cervantes, Lope, Quevedo & Calderón: cultural, artistic, economic and political bloom. Province of Madrid was created in the XVIII Century, when the House of the Borbón was ruling. The Napoleonic wars stopped the economic, urban and cultural development, which was not to recover until the third decade of the XIX Century. The “Edad de Plata” (Silver Age) carries the latest tendencies and avant-gardes, with revolutionary ideas. Primo de Rivera & Francisco Franco, a civil war and thousands of immigrants left its mark in the convulsed XX Century. Lorca, Dalí & Buñuel, indispensable artists for the Spain between Wars.
The people of Madrid are also called "gatos" (cats): according to the tale, during the conquest of the city by Alfonso VI, his troops climbed the walls of the city like cats. Other versions say that this name is dated back to the Middle Ages, for the ability of the people of Madrid to climb the walls and cliffs bare handed.
Isidro Labrador & the Virgen de la Almudena (Virgin of the Almudena) are the patron Saints of Madrid, the "villa of the bear and the madroño", ever present symbols in the red flag of the Castillean Town Houses.

 

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