The Most Instagrammable Buildings and Monuments in Madrid

Cathedral Santa Maria la Real de La Almudena in Madrid, Spain
Cathedral Santa Maria la Real de La Almudena in Madrid, Spain | © Catarina Belova/Shutterstock
Lori Zaino

Madrid’s architecture is simply stunning. Neoclassical facades, magnificent palaces and towering monuments, appear on every corner. There’s no shortage of Instagrammable spots in Madrid, so bring your phone and head to the following locations to snap some perfect shots.

1. Edificio Metrópolis

Architectural Landmark, Building

Situated on the corner of the famous Calle Gran Vía and Calle de Alcala, this may be the most famous building to Instagram in Madrid. Inaugurated back in 1911, the dome of the building is gilded with 24 karat gold, as is part of the statue at the very top.

2. Plaza de Toros

Cathedral, Building, Museum, Historical Landmark

Las Ventas Bullring in Madrid
Controversial though it is, bullfighting continues to be an art form in Madrid, and the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, or ‘Las Ventas’ as the locals call it, is a beautiful circular building that you’ll never tire of admiring (whether you enjoy bullfighting or not). The building can seat 25,000, and also has an infirmary and a chapel inside.

3. Catedral de La Almudena


Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena, cathedral church, Madrid, Spain.
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Madrid’s cathedral is a stunning mix of different architectures, with the exterior being Neoclassical, the interior Neo-Gothic and the crypt Neo-Romanesque, featuring a 16th-century image of the Virgen de la Almudena. On a clear day, you can spot Madrid’s vast suburbs behind the Cathedral.

4. Palacio de Cibeles

Building, Architectural Landmark

The Palacio de Cibeles, which was once Madrid’s post office headquarters, is now a palace open to the public, featuring a restaurant, outdoor terrace, art exhibitions and also the mayor’s office. Stop inside or simply snap photo after photo of the outside, which is magnificent in itself.

5. Palacio Real

Building, Historical Landmark

Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain.
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One of the largest palaces in Europe, Spanish Royalty no longer live here. Instead, the historical space is open to visitors. Check out paintings by Goya and Velázquez, frescoes by Mengs and even the world’s only complete Stradivarius string quintet. Or just stroll around the outside, which is surrounded by labyrinthine gardens and statue after statue.

6. Edificio Carrión

Building, Cinema

The Edificio Carrión, also known as the Edificio Capitol or more commonly, the Schwepps building, has been utilized as a cinema, hotel, offices and shops over the years, but it’s best known for its iconic Schwepps sign, which glows brightly at night.

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