Parque el Retiro


El Retiro is the main park in Madrid Spain. Its original name was Parque del Buen Retiro. It covers about 350 acres and contains a zoological garden, a Crystal Palace, a lake, and a Rose Garden 


El Retiro park can be accessed through the metro line 2, which stops right outside the Park.


The main purpose of creating this park was for walking and breathing fresh air. The first steps toward the creation of this park date back to the 17th Century when the Count-Duke of Olivares donated this part of his land to King Philip IV. At the time it opened, the park was the main attraction for plays and operas for the royalty and their guests. Up to this day, the park still hosts public events and activities, as well as offers outdoor activities from 7:00 until 22:00 and during summer it is open until midnight.


Palacio de Cristal

Palacio de Cristal mirrors a structure in London, installed 30 years earlier. It sits on the edges of Retiro Park and was finished in 1887 to exhibit art. It is particularly beautiful to visit during fall.

House of Beasts Of Retiro Park

Remains of the second-oldest zoo in Europe

Fountain of the Fallen Angel

The only public monument to the devil himself

Ermita de San Pelayo y San Isidoro (Hermitage of Saint Pelagious and Saint Isidore)

A misplaced church was moved here stone by stone.

John William Bailly 25 April 2022

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