Lingering Look at Windows: Madrid’s Crystal Palace

Today, my blog is off to Madrid, to show a whole expanse of glass in the beautiful glass building that is the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) in that city’s Parquet del Retiro.

I was looking at Pedro Holderbaum’s blog a couple of days ago, when he showcased this building. Aha, I thought, thanks for the memory jog Pedro – my images from a few years ago will be just the thing for Dawn’s Thursday Lingering Look at Windows challenge…

The Palacio de Cristal was built in 1887, apparently inspired by London’s Crystal Palace. It was originally used to house exotic plants. The plants are long gone, and it is now used for exhibitions, or, as when I was there on a December day, stands gloriously empty. It was rather cloudy when we went, but I imagine when the sun is shining the reflections in all that glass must be stunning.

Click on an image in the gallery to see bigger images….



  1. It looks especially good against the autumn trees – initially, I thought it was Kew.

  2. The beautiful autumn colours really compliment this lovely building

  3. Have been to Madrid twice, but each time, I took time to see the Crystal Palace which you have shown in its splendid beauty!

  4. Thanks for showing the whole building too, it was helpful to see 🙂

  5. This image is stunning with the reflection!!

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  7. I saw Pedro’s post too, and thought “wow!” Madrid was never really on my radar.
    Love the shot across the lake, and that great angle on the ducks 🙂

    • Thanks! I went with friends some years ago, and as you say, Madrid wasn’t on my radar. But I got some good images which may be posted over time…well, at least one of them will as it’s lined up for my ‘One’ posts somewhere in the series! Can you believe, I’ve nearly finished tagging my digital images with ‘one’ so I can find them…just the slides to go very slowly and steadily through whenever (!) I have a moment or 50.


    What a beautiful place!

  9. Stunning photos, love the architecture against the autumn colours, and I also thought at first glance that it was Kew.
    Jude xx

  10. The last with its reflection is just glorious!

  11. Stunning! Thank you Pedro 😉

  12. Magical .. this we have to visit. I had hoped it was closer to our hotel, we are next door neighbor with Palacio Real de Madrid – but metro 2 goes there. Thanks for the tip.

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