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The Crystal Palace, or “Palacio de Cristal”, is a great glass and metal structure situated in the heart of Retiro Park, in Madrid. It was built in 1887 by Spanish architect Ricardo Velazquez. Designed to house exotic flora and fauna as part of an exhibition on the Philippines, which at that time was still a Spanish colony.

Inspired by Sir Joseph Paxton, an English gardener and architect of London’s Crystal Palace, Ricardo Velasquez managed to créate it, in just 5 months.

Currently, the Palacio de Cristal dispays  various exhibitions of modern art organised through the Reina Sofia Museum, being considered a notable attraction in Madrid.

Open Hours:

  • November to March: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm,
  • April to October:, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Additional Information

Phone: +34 917 741 000

How to get there:

  • Metro: Retiro (línea 2), Ibiza ( línea 9), Atocha (línea 1)
  • Bus: 2, 20, 26 , 61

Entrance: Free