The Crystal Palace, located in the Retiro Park in Madrid, was designed by Ricardo Velazques in 1887. It was created to be used as a hothouse during an exhibition on Spain’s colonies. Exotic plants and flowers from the Philippines, which was still a Spanish colony at that time, were to be displayed.

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace in Retiro Park

Crystal Palace

Inside the Crystal Palace

The palace, which is in the shape of a Greek cross, is constructed of glass and iron.

Crystal Palace Madrid

How would you like to live in a palace made of glass?

Crystal Palace MadridInside the palace is a large and dramatic appearing space, mostly due to all of the glass.

Crystal Palace Madrid

The odd thing, and one we couldn’t find an explanation for, is the large stuffed panda and stuffed brown rat which are hanging from the ceiling. I figured I’d get in on the action. Can you spot me?

Crystal Palace Madrid

Outside the palace is a lake with steps that lead down to it.

Crystal Palace Madrid

Wait a minute, I thought swans were supposed to be white!

Inside the lake are ducks, geese, turtles and even black swans!

Crystal Palace –>Retiro Park

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  1. I would loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove to live in that palace but is it lightning proof? Did you walk there or float on a boat there?