Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of Arts and Sciences - Madrid, España
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ariberna
N 40° 25.160 W 003° 41.585
30T E 441202 N 4474531
Quick Description: Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of Arts and Sciences
Location: Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
Date Posted: 7/25/2021 1:00:28 PM
Waymark Code: WM14M87
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
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Located at the urban heart of Madrid, the 200-hectare cultural landscape evolved since the creation of the tree-lined Paseo del Prado avenue, a prototype of the Hispanic alameda, in the 16th century. The avenue features major fountains, notably the Fuente de Cibeles and the Fuente de Neptuno, and the Plaza de Cibeles, an iconic symbol of the city, surrounded by prestigious buildings. The site embodies a new idea of urban space and development from the enlightened absolutist period of the 18th century. Buildings dedicated to the arts and sciences join others in the site that are devoted to industry, healthcare and research. Collectively, they illustrate the aspiration for a utopian society during the height of the Spanish Empire. The 120-hectare Jardines del Buen Retiro (Garden of Pleasant Retreat), a remnant of the 17th-century Buen Retiro Palace, constitutes the largest part of the property displaying different gardening styles from the 19th century to the present. The site also houses the terraced Royal Botanical Garden and the largely residential neighbourhood of Barrio Jerónimos with its rich variety of 19th- and 20th-century buildings that include cultural venues.

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