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Parque del Buen Retiro

Parque del Buen Retiro

The Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) is located in the heart of the city of Madrid. It has an area of 118 hectares. It was originally a Normandy style castle that the King Felipe II built to his wife, María de Inglaterra.


In 1631, the residence became a beautiful park, when the Conde Duque de Olivares (Count of Olivares and Duke of Sanlúcar) ordered the construction of the Palacio del Buen Retiro (Palace of the Pleasant Retreat).

In times of Fernando VII, it became a public park, and in 1869, it was handed over to the City Council of Madrid as Park of the capital city. It has an area of 118 hectares and is surrounded by an artistic grille that is opened by more than twelve monumental doors. Among them we should highlight the door of the Plaza de la Independencia, Hernani´ s door, the one of the Paseo de Coches and Paterre´ s.

The park has several sculptures and buildings that are distributed along the precincts. In the Northern corner of the park, we can find the ruins of the Church of St Isidoro, the Romanesque chapel from the XII Century that was transported from Ávila to Madrid. Other highlighted monuments are the Ángel Caído (Fallen Angel), the equestrian statues of Alfonso XII and the General Martínez Campos, the Crystal Palace and the Velázquez Palace, among others.



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   Photos of the Parque del Retiro

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Address and telephone number

Plaza Independencia, s/n. 28001 Madrid (Madrid)
Telephone number: +34 915886392

Opening times

1 April to 30 september: From 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

1 October to 30 March: From 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Tickets and prices

Free entry

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