Prado Museum - 200 years
2019 marks the bicentenary of Madrid’s famous Museo Nacional del Prado, one of the oldest and most important art museums in Spain. Designed in 1785 by architect Juan de Villanueva – the mind responsible for reforming Madrid’s Plaza Mayor and designing the Royal Botanical Gardens - the museum was originally founded to house the paintings and sculptures belonging to the Spanish family and proceeded to open its doors to the public in 1819.
The museum’s collection began in the 16th century with Holy Roman Emperor Carlos V and grew substantially under the Habsburg and Bourbon rule. Since its establishment, the Prado has housed work by some of the world’s most cherished artists, many of whom were born or worked in Spain and today the works of the likes of Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Raphael and Titian grace the walls of the museum as part of the permanent collection, whilst temporary exhibitions feature loaned works by some of the words greatest artists.
General admission at the time of publishing (May 2019) is 15€ during the day and free admission (subject to availability) in the evening between 6 -8pm Mon-Sat and 5-7pm Sundays and holidays.
Madrid is a fantastic city all round for art lovers and is home to a number of popular art museums. The Prado Museum makes up part of Madrid’s “Golden Triangle of Art”, an area of this city home to the Prado Musuem, the Thyssen- Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia and situated close to the Retiro Park and Atotcha train station. The museum of Fine Arts is also within walking distance of this area. With a plethora of art museums, wonderful architecture and sculptures and statues around every corner, you will never be short of beautiful things to look at in Madrid.
Paradors within an hour’s drive of Madrid include:
Parador de Alcala de Henares
Located in Alcala de Henares, a University City famous as the birthplace of great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. The charming city is a UNESCO World Heritage city thanks to its Cervantes connection and its attractive university buildings, particularly the 'Paraninfo' ceiling in one of the university's main lecture halls.
Parador de Toledo
Set on the outskirts of Toledo with wonderful views looking across to the ‘city of three cultures’. Toledo itself is famous as the chosen hometown of artist El Greco and for its sword-making history. The spectacular Alcazar de Toledo fortress that sits at the top of the city is built on a former Roman palace and was a key strategic location for Francoists during the Civil War, today it houses the regional library and an Army Museum.
Parador de Chinchon
Chinchon’s Parador is located at the heart of this charming city filled with 15th century buildings that perfectly represent typical Castilian architectural styles. The town is famous for its beautiful medieval Plaza Mayor and its delicious Aniseed liqueur.
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Find out more about planning your trip to the Prado on the museum's website: www.museodelprado.es/en