The Prado Museum in Madrid
The Prado Museum in Madrid is popular with both tourists and locals. This museum houses one of the most significant collections of art objects worldwide, plus temporary exhibitions are regularly held in the museum. The museum is definitely worth a visit, even if you are not very familiar with the world of art, as it stores very beautiful paintings that hide a lot of interesting stories.
The paintings in the museum’s collection date from the period between the 12th and 19th centuries.
Among the works of various artists represented in the museum, there are also the works of such celebrities as Goya, Rubens and Murillo. In addition, the museum always has new exhibitions, so there is always something to see there. The dimensions of some paintings alone make a strong impression, even if you are not a big connoisseur of art. But even then, I believe that the Prado Museum is interesting enough to hold you there for a couple of hours.
If you want to learn more about the history of museum masterpieces, then you can buy an audio guide and a printed guide in the Prado Museum itself. There you can see the originals of paintings that you could already see millions of times, for example, “Saturn devouring his son” by Goya. The picture is scary, but at the same time attractive. The museum has a lot of “gloomy pictures” of Goya, from which goosebumps.
Another famous painting is a painting by Francisco Risi, created in 1683 and depicting the Spanish Inquisition in action on Plaza Mayor. This beautiful square was once used for holding hearings and trials of those who refused to accept Catholicism. If you are interested in the history of Madrid, then I advise you to carefully study this huge, full of details picture.
The Prado Museum is large, and if you are a true connoisseur of art, then you will spend the whole day in the museum without any problems. You can grab a bite to eat at the museum’s café and restaurant, plus there is a bookstore.
Did you know that the doors of the Prado Museum remain open for visitors longer daily than the doors of any other museum in the world? Recently, the number of working hours has been increased, and now the museum is open 66 hours a week.
In Prado, a program of informative and educational conferences is involved, sometimes there are even small theatrical productions. The latest information on all events is on the museum’s official website.
Official Prado website
If you want to stay in a luxurious location near the Prado Museum, the Ritz Hotel is just a few minutes away.
Initially, the Prado Museum was conceived as a museum of sciences, where natural science would be studied. This led to the creation of a botanical garden near the Prado Museum. The garden exists now, it begins just a few meters from the exit from the Prado Museum. This is a nice place for walking, although I was there in the winter, and there were not many flowering plants there. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the summer. Entrance costs € 4.00.