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Hands down, Madrid is one of Europe’s most fascinating capitals with its well-preserved architecture and dozens of remarkable monuments and historic sites. While you can still appreciate some remnants of the city’s origins, most of Madrid’s historic sites were actually built after it became the capital of a nation and grew into a world-class city.
For a full picture of Madrid’s past, try gazing at the churches of its early days, touring the Renaissance houses of its greatest writers, admiring the palaces and gardens of the Spanish Enlightenment, strolling past the grand houses and boulevards of the 19th century, enjoying the café haunts of its artistic generations, finding the vestiges of Franco’s dictatorship, and then, appreciating today’s ardent efforts at preserving all of the city’s tumultuous and impassioned history.
While the visiting history and architecture enthusiasts will no doubt be eager to appreciate Madrid’s treasures, you certainly don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy Madrid’s historic sites. From the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Royal Palace to the fun Railroad Museum located inside the remarkable Delicias Station to the city’s charming transplant from Egypt, the ancient Temple of Debod, Madrid’s historic sites are a prominent and well-deserved feature on any Madrid itinerary.