Posts with category Madrid Cultura

5 traditional things from Madrid that, in fact, are not from here

By | 10 October, 2014 | 0 comments

1) Chotis

Chulapos, por Barcex

The chotis is Madrid’s traditional dance. However, it was not invented here and we can actually find an etymological ‘trap’ that seems to indicate that its origin is also not authentic.

It turns out that chotis comes from schottisch, not from Scotland but rather from Bohemia, more specifically from Vienna. It became popular throughout almost the whole of Europe during the 19th century, and from here it extended to Latin America, where today we can still find the schotis in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay; the xote in Brazil and the shotis in Mexico.

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The 15 masterpieces of the Prado Museum

By | 28 July, 2014 | 0 comments

Obras maestras del Prado

The Prado Museum is one of the world’s most important art museums. This great art gallery has its origin in the private collections of the Spanish monarchic dynasties that governed the country many centuries ago.

On its walls we can admire some of the best works of Spanish, Italian, Flemish, French, German, Dutch and British art. This pictorial treasure, which holds more than 27,000 works, has as its main attraction the works by Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch.

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Hotel Liabeny: Plaza del Carmen

By | 30 May, 2014 | 0 comments

Cines Madrid

On Plaza del Carmen, right in front of our hotel, one building is the centre of attention. Initially built by Daniel Zavala in 1898 with the purpose of holding a fronton, in 1906 it was given a new cultural use as well as its sporting one: the Central Kursaal was created, a café-chantant, a Madrid-style music hall where illustrious people such as the dramatist and novelist Ramón del Valle-Inclán frequently went to enjoy different shows with the most famous artists of the time.

Also during that time, in the early 20th century, another building of a similar kind was built on Plaza del Carmen on the land where an old bazaar used to be. Salón Chantecler became a very successful entertainment spot during that time with performances by famous cabaret artists such as ‘La Chelito’, with the “Sold Out’ sign being hung outside every day.

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Three unmissable musicals for this spring

By | 30 March, 2014 | 0 comments

The music is currently going through an excellent moment in time in Spain. The Gran Vía in Madrid has seen this genre re-emerge in the last few years inside its theatres, with large products viewed by millions of spectators: Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Beauty and the Beast…

Currently, Madrid is the third city in the world with the most musical shows, behind New York and London. If you are coming to Madrid this spring and you like musicals, we recommend three of them: read full article

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