23 Mar | MRT | No Comments

Holy week in Madrid

With the arrival of spring to Spain and Madrid in particular, our running tours regain a newfound vitality that comes along with the warmer temperatures and longer days which make running all that more fun at this time of year. Along with the change of season, there’s a host of events in Madrid that make …

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5 Jan | MRT | No Comments

Architecture in Madrid throughout history: The baroque period

After the departure of the Habsburg or Austria dynasty, as they are known in Spain, and the arrival of the Bourbons with the reign of Philip V at the beginning of the 18th century, architecture in Madrid  gradually evolved from the Herreriano style which was identified with the Habsburgs into Baroque and subsequently into Neoclassicism. …

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20 Dec | MRT | No Comments

Architecture in Madrid throughout history: the herreriano style.

The herreriano style   In previous articles, I wrote about the prevalent architectural styles in Spain during the 15th and 16th century. I began with the 15th century Elisabethan Gothic and went into the ornate 16th century Plateresque style and continued into the now, much more austere Purist style which will precede the even more …

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11 Dec | MRT | No Comments

Christmas in Madrid: The Christmas Market in the Plaza Mayor

One of the best times of the year to enjoy running in Madrid is at Christmas and not only because of the cooler temperatures which make running in Madrid more enjoyable but also the festive atmosphere that envelopes the entire city.  One of Madrid Running Tours favorite places at this time of year is the …

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6 Dec | MRT | No Comments

Architecture in Madrid throughout history IV

The purist style   This particular period of Spanish architecture, which runs between the years 1530 to 1560 and reaches its peak during the reign of Emperor Charles V, occurs when Plateresque starts changing and new architectural movements start coming into place. As a result of this, Purism makes its appearance in Spain.  Besides being …

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22 Nov | MRT | No Comments

Architecture in Madrid throughout history III

In today’s article, I’ll be continuing with my series of brief blog articles in which I summarize Spanish architecture, and specifically the architecture of Madrid, throughout history. There’s a lot of great architecture in Madrid that’s worth looking at and certainly, running by!   Elisabethan gothic   Known also as Catholic Kings style because it …

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8 Nov | MRT | No Comments

Architecture in Madrid throughout history II

The Medieval Period: The Christians   Madrid was conquered by the Kingdom of Castile in the latter part of the 11th from the Moors. From an architectural standpoint, it is not an extremely active period. Perhaps its most important legacy is the addition of a larger Christian wall which still stands in certain areas of …

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1 Oct | MRT | No Comments

Architecture in Madrid throughout history

Madrid’s appearance throughout the centuries has changed drastically due primarily to its political situation in history, and of course, as a consequence of modernization. In the next series of articles I’d like to give a brief description of the different architectural styles found in Madrid’s history and how they have evolved throughout the centuries. Today’s …

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20 Sep | MRT | No Comments

The work of Sabatini in Madrid: The Royal Basilica of San Francisco el Grande

Built between the years of 1761 and 1784, the church was built on the same site as an earlier Franciscan Order convent, which, rumor has it, was founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in the year 1217. In 1760, the Franciscan Order had the original building demolished and undertook a new project to construct the …

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6 Sep | MRT | No Comments

The work of Sabatini in Madrid: The Royal Palace

Although the influence of Sabatini in Madrid’s architecture during the 18th century is quite obvious when visiting Madrid, what is also true is that his involvement in some projects, although outstanding, was sometimes only partial. This was the case of the Royal Botanical Gardens (as seen in a previous article) in which he did the …

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19 Jul | MRT | No Comments

The work of Sabatini in Madrid, The puerta de Alcalá

Francesco Sabatini (Palermo, 1722-Madrid, 1797) was, as I had mentioned in previous articles, a Sicilian architect who had a great influence on Madrid’s architecture during the reign of Charles III. In my upcoming articles, I’ll be going a little more in-depth, without overbearing the reader, on some of his works in Madrid. The puerta de ...

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21 Jun | MRT | No Comments

Francesco Sabatini: the mark of a sicilian architect on Madrid

As I had mentioned in my previous article, Francesco Sabatini had, without a shadow of a doubt, an extremely important  influence on architecture during the reign of Charles III and very much so on the appearance and renewal of the city of Madrid during the 18th century. His influence is still very much present and …

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