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Tres miradas al Madrid de Luis Gutiérrez Soto

By | 31 January, 2015 | 0 comments

Edificio Callao

Luis Gutiérrez Soto (1900-1977) was one of the most prolific architects of his time and although his name might be unknown to many, without him Madrid would not have the urban landscape that it has now. Up to 650 architectural projects carry his signature, most of them in our city.

Of a rationalist style and belonging to the Generation of ‘25, many of his works are still intact today. Others, like the old building in Barajas Airport have been lost. Of the more than 20 buildings and projects of his that still remain in Madrid, we’ve chosen the most emblematic ones of each of his artistic phases.

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Categories: Guías Madrid, Madrid Cultura

Las cien caras de la Puerta del Sol

By | 31 January, 2015 | 0 comments

La Puerta del Sol hacia 1885

Since its creation, the Puerta del Sol has been subjected to numerous renovations, particularly in the last few decades. It is curious to observe how, with time, the same urban landscape and the same street outline can change so much in terms of aspect and main elements.

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Categories: Madrid Turismo

Ava Gardner, la estrella de Hollywood enamorada de Madrid

By | 24 January, 2015 | 0 comments

Ava Gardner en 1951

It was the year 1950. Ava Gardner arrived in our country for the first time for the filming of Pandora and the Flying Dutchman. The atmosphere that she came across in Madrid’s nightlife and the attractions of our culture stayed with the actress forever despite her short stay. Some say that what she really enjoyed was the absence of gossip journalists that would publish her crazy long nights of partying.

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Categories: Madrid Cultura

Dulces navideños tradicionales de Madrid

By | 30 December, 2014 | 0 comments

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Categories: Madrid Gastronomía

El Panteón de Hombres Ilustres y sus esculturas funerarias

By | 17 December, 2014 | 0 comments

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Categories: Guías Madrid

Madrid Navidad 2014: lo que no te puedes perder

By | 27 November, 2014 | 0 comments

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Categories: Madrid Eventos

5 curiosidades sobre el Museo del Prado

By | 19 November, 2014 | 0 comments

Curiosidades del Museo del Prado

The Prado Museum celebrates its 195th anniversary today, on November 19th. From our hotel, we wanted to pay a small tribute to it by telling some curiosities and lesser-known facts about this cultural institution that constitutes one of the main tourist attractions in Madrid.

1) On November 19th, entrance is free

That is how the museum has been celebrating this major day for years, because the original Prado Museum, called the Real Museo de Pinturas, was inaugurated on November 19th 1819. Entrance is also free on International Museum Day, which is on May 18th.

2) It has works from disappeared museums

Even though the royal collection constitutes the main nucleus of the museum, throughout the years the Prado has incorporated works from other museums from around the world that have disappeared: in 1872, Museum of La Trinidad and in 1871 the Modern Art Museum.

Other works come from donations and legacies of private collections, such as those from the Bosch, Durà and Errazu families, and more recently the Várez Fisa family. Lastly, they have also made purchases, such as “The Countess of Chinchón” by Goya.

3) Picasso was the director of the Prado

In September 1936, the Republican government named Pablo Picasso director of the Prado. The museum still preserves a document signed by Manuel Azaña, the President of the Spanish Republican back then, in which it acknowledges this title to Picasso and a yearly salary of 15.000 pesetas.

4) The first catalogue was made by a concierge

Not by a painter, not by a historian and not by a restorer. The first catalogue of the Prado Museum, which included 311 works of Spanish art, was made by the museum concierge Luis Eusebi in 1819. In fact, Eusebi did a great job of preserving the museum, even having responsibilities and power that were in some cases almost those of a deputy director.

5) The “naked room”

It was in fact Luis Eusebi who, in 1827, reminded the museum directors that the museum had loaned a series of naked portraits to the San Fernando Academy in Madrid 30 years before. It was 37 works in total, mainly by Rubens and Titian, and thanks to Eusebi’s intervention they were returned to the museum.
However, when King Fernando VII heard that these kinds of works were going to be exhibited to the public, he stated that “it is His Majesty’s will that under no circumstances will they be exhibited to the public those that due to the lack of decency of its items and other circumstances that they have deserve to be placed in a reserved location”.

Therefore, all the naked portraits were gathered in the so-called Reserved Room, which was set up in the southeastern gallery on the lower floor of the Villanueva building, what are currently rooms 64-67. They stayed there until 1838, when José de Madrazo dismantled it and relocated the works in the themed rooms that they belonged in.

What better opportunity to celebrate the Prado Museum anniversary than coming to Madrid to celebrate it? At Hotel Liabeny we offer fantastic accommodation at a good price and a stone’s throw from the Puerta del Sol. Stay with us by booking on the official website and enjoy our comfortable rooms filled with details at prices that you will not be able to find on any other website.

Categories: Madrid Cultura

7 excursiones cortas para hacer desde Madrid

By | 10 November, 2014 | 0 comments

As well as the attractions that our city has to offer, its location in the heart of Spain makes it the ideal place to visit other beautiful cities that are located nearby.

Today we propose seven short day trips from Madrid that last less than a whole day. Medieval cities, ancient city walls, monuments and natural landscapes just a few hours away. You can leave in the morning and get back to our hotel for dinnertime and then go and enjoy Madrid’s nightlife ;)

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Categories: Madrid Turismo

Teleférico, un paseo a vista de pájaro

By | 31 October, 2014 | 0 comments

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Categories: Guías Madrid

Teatros a un paseo de distancia

By | 24 October, 2014 | 0 comments

Teatro Muñoz Seca, con el Hotel Liabeny al fondo

One of the advantages of the privileged location of our hotel by the Puerta del Sol is the proximity to a large number of theatres, both close to the Gran Vía and to the bohemian district of Las Letras.

The theatres in the city centre are gems in themselves, historical and architectonic gems. Most of them are from the late 19th or early 20th century and they offer unique spaces with the common denominator of chandeliers and red armchairs.

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