The Crystal Palace – Madrid’s Beautiful Glass Castle
The Palacio de Cristal or Crystal Palace stands proud as an artistic symbol in Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park. Built in 1887, the stunning glass building was designed by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco who took inspiration from a structure of a similar construct located in London. It is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship with its intricate bird-cage aesthetic created by the ceramic furnishing that is woven around the palace’s ironwork.
While initially built to house tropical plant life from the Philippines, the palace was eventually renovated and became part of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain’s national museum, which has led to it hosting a number of temporary art exhibits.
The Crystal Palace’s design bears the influence of the churches of Spain, undoubtedly so as its designer had contributed to a number of their restorations. The palace’s classically styled columns at the entrance and domed ceiling also contribute to this idea. This historically inspired style gives the building a strong aura of regality, one that you can easily feel as your eyes fall upon it for the first time.
The enchanting beauty of the Crystal Palace is complimented by the tranquil atmosphere of the area surrounding it. A small lake and multiple fountains, along with luscious greenery give the whole area a natural, calming vibe. During the fall the reddish-orange hue of the shedding trees lends the whole area a stunning picturesque view. This beautiful view can be appreciated from within the palace as well thanks to its clear glass walls. The palace also features a boat landing for those in the mood for a relaxing row across the lake.
The Crystal Palace is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year and you would be doing yourself a disservice not checking it out if you ever find yourself in Madrid.