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The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace

Cibeles Palace in Madrid is a lovely, neo-classical structure to admire when you’re from afar. In the afternoon, when the sun is setting, the facade is bathe in shimmering gold. From dawn to dusk, the palace is a thing of beauty in Madrid’s downtown core. Every time I passed by here last summer, this colossal architecture didn’t fail to make me stop and take a shot.

Don’t just stare at its facade. Go inside and up the terrace to see the the 360 degrees view of Madrid. But, don’t expect a spectacular view from up there. Just like any other building around here, this is not tall enough to see the whole city panorama.

From any angle outside, Cibeles Palace is a very photogenic edifice.

The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace

The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace

In front of the palace is the Cibeles Fountain with a goddess sitting on a chariot being pulled by two massive lions.
The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace

The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace

The view from above isn’t really impressive (because it’s not that tall) but it’s still worth checking out.
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The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace (Madrid, Spain).

From above, you’ll see things that you’d never notice below. Like this.
The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace )Madrid, Spain).

The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace (Madrid, Spain).

Historical buildings can be seen from any point on top of the palace.
The Inside and Outside Beauty of Palacio Cibeles (Madrid, Spain).

The Inside and Outside Beauty of Palacio Cibeles (Madrid, Spain).

The building used be the country’s Communications Palace.
The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace )Madrid, Spain).

The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace (Madrid, Spain).

But, today, Cibeles Palace is used as Madrid City Hall.

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The Inside and Outside Beauty of CibelesPalace (Madrid, Spain).

When you’re done with the view, go down using the stairs.
The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace )Madrid, Spain).

The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace (Madrid, Spain).

Each floor presents a surprise for you. There are art exhibitions and interesting displays you shouldn’t miss.
The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace )Madrid, Spain).

The Inside and Outside Beauty of Cibeles Palace (Madrid, Spain).

Look up and down the columns, walls and roofs. They’re all wrapped in interesting carvings and designs.

The Inside and Outside Beauty of Palacio Cibeles (Madrid, Spain).

The Inside and Outside Beauty of Palacio Cibeles (Madrid, Spain).

I think the best time to visit here is either in the morning or at sundown.
The Inside and Outside Beauty of Palacio Cibeles (Madrid, Spain).

The Inside and Outside Beauty of Palacio Cibeles (Madrid, Spain).

If you want to see Madrid’s sunset from up there, you should check out Circulo Las Bellas Artes. It’s a walking distance from here.

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