The Most Instagrammable Buildings and Monuments 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.
Madrid’s most famous square, the Plaza Mayor, has 237 balconies that face out overlooking it. Dating back to 1619, the square has been the site of many historical events, including public executions during the Spanish Inquisition. It is now used for concerts, markets and for tourists and locals to wander around and snap photos for their Instagram feeds.
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Palacio de Cristal
One of the many beautiful monuments in Madrid’s Parque del Buen Retiro, the Palacio de Cristal is exactly as it sounds: a palace made of glass. It’s gorgeous in any season, especially on a sunny day when the sunshine streams in.
Templo de Debod
The Templo de Debod was a gift from Egypt to Spain and is one of the best spots in Madrid from which to enjoy the sunset. The reflections in the pond surrounding the temple are unlike any other, and the temple itself is pretty amazing, considering it dates back to the 2nd century BC.
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.
Puerta del Sol
This plaza is literally the center of Madrid, and one of the most typical meeting spots for groups of friends, before they head out for a night on the town. It’s known for its KM Zero spot, which is said to be the exact center of Spain, the giant Tio Pepe sign suspended on one of the buildings, the famous Bear statue and of course, the clock and bell tower (pictured below).
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.