El Palacio de Cristal in Madrid, one of the most characteristic buildings placed in El Retiro Park, is nowadays one of the exhibition venues of the Reina Sofía National Museum, offering a proposal very related to the Golden Triangle of Art in Madrid, at just a few steps from Museo del Prado.
The venue, opened during the whole year, displays now (until the end of August) an interesting exhibition of the French artist Dominique González-Forester, who has turned this wonderful glass palace into a hotel typical of the XIX century, where the visitor will find dozens of literary and musical anecdotes of that age.
El Palacio de Cristal is a big metal structure built in 1887 and designed like a greenhouse to exhibit flora and fauna from the Philippines. The dome is 20 metres high and has a classic Greek style in its façade design. The lake at its feet, where there is a staircase immersed within it, is a key element that gives it an ethereal touch very characteristic of this building.
Flawlessly integrated into the park, it is one of the most known symbols, along with El Estanque del Retiro and its boats. Its exhibitions are always temporary and form part of the contemporary art, usually very related to the plasticity, with big works of art and really peculiar stagings, such as the current one.
If you stay in a hotel next to El Retiro, if you have booked a room in the Serrano area or an apartment in the centre of Madrid for this summer, do not hesitate to get closer to this spot and enjoy this glass architectural work designed by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco. Undoubtedly one of the most renowned buildings in Europe.