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Claustro de San Jerónimo el Real (Los Jerónimos)
 
The San Jerónimo el Real, popularly known as Los Jerónimos, is full of history. The church dates back to the 16th century. Only a few external features remain from its early days, because the church has been restored several times. Inside, you'll see famous paintings by Carducho and Jose Mendez along with valuable sculptures like Juan de Mena´s 18th-century Cristo de la Buena Muerte, neo-Gothic lamps and stained-glass windows. Kings and queens sought refuge here, Spanish parliaments were sworn in here, Alfonso XIII was married here and King Juan Carlos I was proclaimed King of Spain in this very building. It's close to the following museums: Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Ejercito (Army), as well as the Ritz and Palace hotels. 
 
Open Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 8.30am-1.30pm & 5-8.30pm
Sunday: 8.30am-2.30pm & 5.30-8.30pm 


Catedral de la Almudena
 
Due toto political conflicts, wars and lack of financial resources it took over 100 years to build Catedral de la Almudena. According to the legend, it's named after the Virgen de la Almudena, whose icon was found during the Reconquest hidden in a house that the Arabs called al mudena. The exterior of the cathedral is an example of eclectic 19th-century design. The doors are bronze and there's an image of the Virgen (now Madrid's patron saint) on the façade. The interior is full of light, benefitting from the stained-glass windows and multi-coloured ceiling. Its grand Grezing organ is played on Sundays, holidays and the day before holidays.

Open hours:
Winter: daily open from 9am-9pm
Summer: daily open from 10am-1pm & 6-8pm


Palacio Real
 
The massive bright-white Royal Palace (Palacio Real) on the Plaza de Oriente in Madrid dates from 1734, when the 3,000-roomed royal residence was commissioned by Philip V. It was last called ‘home’ by the royal family in 1931 - the present king, Juan Carlos, lives in the more subdued Zarzuela Palace outside Madrid. Most of the rooms are now open to the public, and others are used for state business. English tours are run regularly, lasting about two hours, taking visitors to the reception room and state apartments, the impressive armoury and the royal pharmacy. The grandiose state apartments are filled with art treasures, antiques and opulent Roccoco décor that could even rival Versailles.

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