The Prado Museum can be really considered as one of the best museums in the world. Its opening ceremony took place in 1819 as the Royal Museum of paintings. The King Ferdinand VII decided to make works of art accessible to everyone. Whereas before, they were only open to the eyes of the narrow circle of close persons, such as: the Royal family, aristocracy and Church. The Museum presents a large collection of paintings by Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, German and English painting. The greatest part is occupied by the paintings of the famous Spanish masters such as Murillo, Zurbaran, Goya, Bosch, Velázquez and El Greco. The Prado Museum has an almost complete collection of paintings by Diego Velázquez, among which are “The Crucifixion”, “Portrait of Philip IV in hunting garb”, “Isabella of Bourbon on Horseback”. The Italian painting at the Prado Museum presents primarily the work of Sandro Botticelli “The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti”, Raphael’s “Portrait of Cardinal”, paintings by Titian, Andrea del Sarto, and many other geniuses of the Venetian school.
The Royal Palace. Today the Royal Palace of Madrid is open daily to the public, and anyone can come and see the elegance, luxury and splendor of life of the Royal families. But a few centuries ago, such a privilege was not avaliable. The extraordinary grandeur of the Palace is given by the Sabatini gardens and parks thatv are surrounding it. The interior is rich and luxurious: the frescoes, marble floors, mirrors, the throne room in the Rococo style, mahogany furniture, porcelain, crystal chandeliers of silver, the unique collection of Stradivarius violins, antique weapons and many other things.