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When you take a walk in the center of Madrid, you cannot help but to notice the truly impressive and breathtaking architecture throughout this fantastic city, with tremendous buildings such as the Banco de España building, dating back to 1884 right next across from the spectacular Cibeles Palace building (formerly the Communications Palace), completed in 1919.

You will be spoilt for choice, so do remember to take the camera as you will be hard pushed to see buildings of the quality offered in Madrid anywhere else in the world.

The center of Madrid looks very clean, in pristine condition as does its fantastic buildings. Try to get a chance to see the iconic buildings in Madrid’s Cuatro Torres Business Area (CTBA), here you will see 4 impressive skyscrapers all built by different architects and in completely different styles. The largest building in Madrid and of Spain is the Torre Bankia (Bankia Tower) designed by Sir Norman Foster, the renowned English architect and Pritzker Prize winner. Right next to this extraordinary building, you will see the Spectacular PwC Tower (Torre PwC) named after the professional services firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers who have their offices there; this building was formerly known as the Sacyr Vallehermoso Tower (SyV) and houses the Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel.

 
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Next door to the PWC Tower, you will find the cut crystal shaped Crystal Tower (Torre de Cristal), designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli and right next to this one is the truly extraordinary Torre Espacio, or Space Tower, another incredibly beautifully eye-catching building which even has a chapel installed midway up the structure.

There are so many different and interesting buildings to be seen, so be sure to book out time to see them; it will be well worth it. Take a look in Retiro Park at the Crystal Palace, (El Palacio de Cristal), built in 1843 by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco and also towards the west of the Plaza Mayor you will find the breathtaking Almudena Cathedral as well as the Royal Palace, (Palacio Real), next door to it.

 

These are just a few ideas for you to begin with, but we are sure that you will be mesmerized
by the quality and excellence of the fine buildings and architecture awaiting your discovery.

 

 

Buildings to see in Madrid

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The Bankia Tower (Torre Bankia), formerly known as the Caja Madrid Tower until 2013, is an incredible piece of work being the largest of the four buildings in the Cuatro Torres Business (CTB) Area of Madrid, at 250 Meters high (820ft); it's the tallest building of all Madrid and Spain.

The building, which has 45 floors, was built for Caja Madrid which was the oldest of the Spanish savings banks, founded in the 3rd of December 1702 initially as the Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Madrid, the Caja Madrid bank is now known as Bankia. 


  The Crystal Palace, (El Palacio de Cristal) is a beautiful glass building found in the gardens of Retiro Park. The building was constructed in 1887 to house the Exhibition of plants from the Philippine Islands held that year. Its structure is metal, and is fully covered by sheets of glass, hence its name. The Crystal Palace was built in 1843 by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, a Spanish architect, born on Burgos, Spain. He previously had built the Velázquez Palace, 1881-1883, which can be seen in the Retiro Park also, the ceramic work that decorates the Crystal Palace building was completed by Daniel Zuloaga, a famous ceramic artist who was born in Madrid in 1852. 

  The Spectacular PwC Tower (Torre PwC) is formerly the Sacyr Vallehermoso Tower (SyV).
This massive tower, now named after the professional services firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers which trades as PWC, is 236 meters tall, with 58 floors; it houses the Hotel “Eurostars Madrid Tower”, a five star hotel. The Hotel takes up 31 floors and features a two-level dining room which offers a panoramic view of Madrid City. PricewaterhouseCoopers, the multinational professional services firm, transferred all their offices in Madrid in July 2011 to the tower building, occupying the floors that had remained vacant.


 
       

 
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The Torre Espacio, or Space Tower, has to be one of the top ten most incredible building designs to be seen in Madrid, its amazing curves and tangents starting at the base as a square, changing shape various times resulting in every floor being unique and culminating in the final shape of an eye at the top, the Torre Espacio was the first of the four towers to be built in the Cuatro Torres Business area (CBTA) of Madrid which is situated on the Paseo de La Castellana, considered the most important avenue in Madrid. The tower measures 236 meters, offering 60,000 square meters of rentable space, having 52 floors, 43 office floors, 2 corporatefloors at the top of the tower, 3 floors of commercial space at the base of the building, and 6 levels of underground parking. The building is owned by Grupo Villar Mir, a Spanish family-owned industrial group.   The Crystal Tower or (Torre de Cristal), Spanish for Tower of Glass, is one of the finest skyscrapers in Madrid, situated in the Cuatro Torres Business (CTBA) Area of Madrid, the tower was designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli, head of the international office Pelli Clarke Pelli and ranks as the second tallest building in Madrid and in Spain, the tower measuring 249.5 meters with 52 floors was completed at the end of 2008 and was considered the tallest building until it was just beaten by the Caja Madrid Tower, which took up the mantel on its completion in 2009 with a height of 250 meters. Cesar Pelli is also responsible for the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, built in 1997.   The Royal Palace of Madrid or Palacio Real as it is known in Spanish is the official residence of Juan Carlos, the King of Spain. The Palace is used by the king for celebrations and ceremonies but he and the royal family don’t live there, the Place is owned by the Spanish state.
The palace is just 800 km (874 yds.), around 10 minutes’ walk from the Plaza Mayor and therefore very central and easily accessible, it is located right next to the Almudena Cathedral. The nearest metro station is Opera which is only about two minutes travel on foot.
The palace is lavishly decorated thought and is full with exquisite furnishings, rock crystal chandeliers,embroidered velvet hangings as well as frescos and art which include paintings by Velazquez and Goya as well as the Italian Caravaggio. The palace also houses Stradivarius violins.
 
 
   
   
 

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