Crystal Palace at Buen Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain - Encircle Photos

36 Crystal Palace at Buen Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain

Three years after finishing Velázquez Palace, Ricardo Velázquez Bosco was the architect for the Crystal Palace. The glass, domed structure was inspired by London’s Crystal Palace. Initially, it was designed as a giant greenhouse for displaying exotic plants from the Philippines. Today, Palacio de Cristal is used by the Reina Sofia Museum for occasional exhibits. The water fountain in the middle of an artificial pond accents the building’s elegance. It is scenes like this that justify the Buen Retiro Park’s English translation: Park of the Pleasant Retreat.

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Paseo República de Cuba, 4, 28009 Madrid, Spain

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