This elegant Neo-Mudéjar building dates back to 1911 and was originally one of the city’s main slaughterhouses. Today, this sprawling space is the spiritual home of Madrid’s contemporary arts scene and hosts regular exhibitions featuring the country’s most innovative creatives. Stop by for an avant-garde hit or get your creative juices flowing at one of the daily workshops on offer.
2. Cerralbo Museum
This 17th-century palazzo provides an insight into how Madrid’s rich and royal set lived. With its sprawling salons, gilded hallways and grandiose marble staircases, the decadent mansion houses the private collection of the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo, who died in 1922. The 50,000 objects on display include priceless paintings and antiques, storied weapons and archaeological treasures.
3. Casa Árabe
Spain was under varying degrees of Muslim rule from 711 to 1492 and influences from this era can still be felt throughout the country. Housed in a stunning structure dating back to 1884, Casa Árabe is a fascinating cultural centre celebrating art, cinema, literature and music from the Arab world.
4. La Tabacalera Museum
Located in Lavapiés, one of Madrid’s most vibrant areas, this historic tobacco factory is now a dynamic cultural space. Offering everything from dance workshops to art exhibitions, poetry readings to movie nights, the facility brings together many of Madrid’s diverse cultural communities.
5. Chamberí Ghost Station
Opened in 1919, Estación de Chamberí was one of the original eight stations on Madrid’s first metro line. It was abandoned in 1966 and has remained untouched ever since. Today, this eerie ghost station has become a perfectly preserved time capsule, complete with original turnstiles and maps.
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This article was originally published in the June 2018 issue of SilverKris magazine.