Palacio de Velazquez, Madrid

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Palacio de Velázquez, or Velázquez Palace is an exhibition hall located in Buen Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain.
Originally known as the Palacio de la Minería, it was built in 1881-3 for the Exposición Nacional de Minería by architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, engineer Alberto Palacio, and ceramist Daniel Zuloaga. It functions as an arts and crafts gallery and is listed as a Bien de Interés Cultural. The building's interior is viewable on Google Street View and it is part of the Google Art Project.
Palacio de Velázquez is located in the Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid's Jeronimos district. It occupies a central position in the park, between the large boating lake and the small lake next to the Palacio de Cristal. The Buen Retiro ("nice retreat") was originally a royal hunting ground converted into an exclusive royal park for Felipe IV's Buen Retiro Palace, which spread over 300acre. The palace was largely demolished after the Peninsular War, with only Casón del Buen Retiro (a ballroom) and Salón de Reinos (used as a throne room) still existing, and the park has been open to public since 1868.
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  • We loved the Ishida exhibition! It was a surprise to find her and we have enjoyed it, it is very interesting.
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  • Located in the Retiro Park, this Museum exhibits a very powerful, personal and creative display of the world of work in Japan and, in some way, in the Western world
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  • It’s a shame that the caliber of the exhibition working doesn’t align with the marvellous architecture of this building. Admittedly, it is a free exhibition but this space has so much more potential considering that some of the tile work on its facade is absolutely lovely. A saving grace is that this museum is quieter than any other in Madrid as it doesn’t seem to be on the tourist list despite being so close to other sites which are absolutely packed
  • Beautiful building, free to enter in a breath taking park. Hosts temporary free exhibitions from the Reina Sofia collection.
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