Surely you have visited the Crystal Palace located in El Retiro Park. If you liked it, this is your lucky day, because the other Crystal Palace of Madrid, the Arganzuela, reopens its doors so you can be surprised with one of the great exponents of the Iron Architecture of Madrid in the nineteenth century.
Located in Madrid Rio, it is a greenhouse and botanical garden of 7,100 square meters. The impressive dimensions of this construction are responsible for housing about 9,000 species of plants from around the world.
This greenhouse has a central hall, and four spaces with different microclimates. In this way, it manages to exhibit four different types of plants: two tropical, one subtropical and one desert.
This work, whose construction took 20 years (from 1908 to 1928) was made by the architect Luis Bellido y González and before becoming a greenhouse, it was the old Municipal Slaughterhouse of Arganzuela, as well as the Granados Market. Later, in 1992, it was restored inspired by the nineteenth-century models of greenhouses in the parks of European capitals such as London or Vienna.
If you want to spend a magical morning discovering not only plant species of all kinds, but also fountains, rivers and aquariums overflowing with fish from different habitats, we definitely recommend this visit. Admission is free from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm, so don't wait any longer to visit it!
More information: Palacio de Cristal de Arganzuela reopens.
Image credits: Crystal Palace of Arganzuela © Millan Asairas. Shutterstock