Day 9: Madrid
May 26, 2009
The capital and largest city in Spain, Madrid is the seat of government, an important financial center and the residence of the Spanish Monarchs. Some of its many treasures include the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), the Reina Sofía (Museum Contemporary Art) which houses Picasso’s Guernica, and the Prado Museum which contains the world’s largest collection of Spanish paintings; among which you will find Goya’s 3rd of May, El Bosco’s Garden of Delights, or the museum’s masterpiece: Velázquez’s Las Meninas.
What a beautiful place! This city is composed of beautiful buildings, museums and famous gardens. In Madrid we visited The Prado Museum. In the museum we saw some of the most famous paintings of Velázquez and Goya. I am very sad that we were not allowed to take pictures of the famous paintings. Velázquez’s painting Las Meninas was very impressing. After many years of conservation, the painting still possesses its true colors. I could have spent all day inside the museum. This trip opened my eyes to search for more interesting art. I have a special interest in art. This was an experience of a lifetime.