Monday, September 23, 2013

La puesta de sol egipcia

Hola, today (September 21st) Karin, Stephanie, and I met at Sol and walked to see the cathedral of Madrid aka Santa María la Real de La Almudena. It is a fairly new cathedral having just been completed in 1993. It took 114 years to build because of funding. We got some pictures both inside and out. It has really pretty stained glass window and the ceilings are awesome and it's huge!
The only Cathedral in Madrid
Beautiful painted ceilings

The back of the cathedral
We also saw the palace (El Palacio Real de Madrid), which is the official residence of the king of Spain, Juan Carlos I, and his family. However, they don't live there. They live in a different palace outside of the city so that they have more privacy. People are allowed inside, but we passed that up for the day. We figured we have ten months here, we'll wait and go inside on another day. We did briefly walk through some gardens that are behind the palace and then we sat at a park for awhile.
Royal Palace
Jardines de Sabatini

We then walked to the very nearby Templo de Debod, which is an Egyptian temple that was given to Spain. The Temple of Dendur, which was near the Templo de Debod in Egypt, is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

We walked around for a little bit longer then we watched the sunset from the Templo de Debod. It's a very popular place to watch it apparently because there were a lot of people there with us to see it. We walked back to Puerta del Sol where there were tons of people! We got out of that just because it's touristy and expensive. We stopped for a quick drink of sangria. Then it was off to bed. Not near the night it was the night before.
Templo de Debod
Cathedral at sunset
Madrid sunset
A lot of people in Sol at around 9 p.m.

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