Said to be one of the most visited sites in the world as well as one the greatest museums of art in the world, El Prado hosts works by Francisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez, El Greco, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch amongst many others.
The collection currently comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, in addition to a large number of other works of art and historic documents. The museum was first opened to the public in 1819 and became a source of inspiration for a whole new generation of painters, from the classic to the “avant garde” and continues to inspire today.
El Prado museum is situated in the centre of Madrid, Spain. The nearest airport is Madrid Barajas International Airport and is approximately 14 kms to the city centre. From the airport you can take the metro line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios which takes around 15 minutes. Alternatively, there are plenty of taxis operating at the airport. Getting from the city centre to the museum on public transport can be done via the metro (Red Line, L2: Banco de España) or by city bus to Prado-Pza Murillo.
Opening times for the museum:
10.00 - 20.00 Monday to Sunday
10.00 - 19.00 Sundays and holidays
Closed 1January, 1 May, 25 December
El Prado’s famous “Mona Lisa” believed to have been an original painting of the same lady featured in Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece is indeed a copy of the original “Mona Lisa”. Thought to have been painted at the same time as Leonardo’s, in the same studio and as the master observed. The painter was probably a young apprentice named Francesco Melzi and presents an ideal opportunity to observe The Prado’s “Mona Lisa” fully restored and shows the painting as Leonardo himself would have seen. For more information on particular pieces, look on the official website.
Make the most of your visit to Madrid by staying in the perfect rental accommodation for you. In the city centre you can choose to stay in luxurious houses, chic apartments, stylish bed and breakfasts and all within easy reach of El Prado and many other interesting attractions.
There are so many delightful attractions to visit near El Prado that you are spoilt for choice. Try visiting San Jerónimo el Real, a Roman Catholic church from the early 16th-century or the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum known simply as the Thyssen, an art museum located on one of city's main boulevards. You may want a complete change and enjoy a stroll through the Real Jardín Botánico located at Plaza de Murillo, next to the Prado Museum.
To find out more information, please contact the venue directly on the official website. Here you will be able to learn about El Prado’s in-house library as well as its masterpieces, collections, history and architecture. Tickets to this attraction are available to buy online.
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