Monday, March 18, 2013

Madrid Has History, Art, Temples And Fun

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Bullfighting at Las Ventas in Madrid

By Dina El Halawany
Junior Reporter
MADRID, Spain – Madrid is one of the most fascinating cities you can ever visit. Since the moment our plane landed there, I was spellbound by its beauty.
No matter how long you stay in Madrid, you'll never run out of places to visit!
To begin with, there are numerous historical places; such as The Royal Palace which is certainly one of the main tourist destinations. It's an architecture masterpiece, surrounded by a wonderful garden known as 'Sabatini garden.'
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The Royal Palace in Madrid, surrounded by
the Sabatini garden
Besides the Royal Palace, there are the royal theater, the well-known Alumenda Cathedral and the Museo Nacional del Prado, or the Prado museum, which was founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture, but it also contains important collections of other types of works.
I was impressed by the Temple of Debod which is actually an ancient Egyptian temple that was rebuilt in 
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   Retiro Park and the statue of King Alfonso XII
Madrid is also known for having the most outstanding, breathtaking parks in the world. The Retiro Park is 
the most popular park in Madrid as it is incredibly spacious and marvelous. It includes an artificial lake and 
the statue of King Alfonso XII overlooks it.
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Flamenco dancing is sometimes part of the dining experience in Madrid
For entertainment, there are countless shopping centers, including the chain of 'El Corte Ingles' which is 
located all over Madrid. There is also the well-known Zoo Aquarium de Madrid which includes about 500 different species of animals. It offers visitors an entertaining dolphin show; with the animals well guided by six 

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The dolphin show at the Zoo Aquarium de Madrid

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