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Skip the Line: Guided tour Prado Museum

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Visit El Prado Museum, the most important art gallery in the world. Admire the works by Goya, Velázquez, Rubens and Caravaggio amongst others

Highlights

  • The Museo Nacional del Prado is an international reference museum of European painting and the most important art gallery.
  • The Museo Nacional del Prado displays more than 1.300 works.
  • Goya, Velázquez, El Greco, Rubens, Tiziano, Rembrandt and Caravaggio amongst others make up the El Prado Museum collection.

Included

  • Bilingual Official guide.
  • Entrance to Prado Museum valid for one day, until closing time

Excluded

  • Lunch, beverages or other services not specified
  • Transportation.

Please Note

  • The tour ends at Prado Museum.
  • This tour is bilingual in English & Spanish.

Essential Information

  • This tour starts from Madrid City Tour Bus Information point at Calle Felipe IV, next of the Prado Museum.
  • Print your voucher and give it to your guide when staring the tour.
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Julià Travel Gray Line Spain contact: 0034 91 559 9605 / incoming@julia.net
  • Cancellation policy: a 100% cancellation penalty applies if cancelled 24 hours or less prior to travel date or in case of no-show

The building that today houses the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was constructed to house the Natural History Cabinet, by orders of King Charles III. However, the building's final purpose - as the new Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures - was the decision of the monarch's grandson, King Ferdinand VII, encouraged by his wife Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza. The Museo Nacional del Prado, opened to the public for the first time in November 1819. The Museum's first catalogue, published in 1819, included 311 paintings, although at that time its collection comprised just over 1,510 pictures from the various Reales Sitios (Royal Residences). The exceptionally important royal collection, which represents the foundation of the Museum's collection as we know it today, started to increase significantly in the 16th century during the time of Charles V and continued to thrive under the succeeding Habsburg and Bourbon Monarchs. It is down to them than nowadays we can contemplate in the Museum as greatest masterpieces as The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, The Nobleman with his hand on his Chest by El Greco, Las Meninas by Velázquez and The Family of Carlos IV by Goya.

The visit will take place in chronological order, starting with the exhibit hall where the masterpieces of J. Bosch (El Bosco) (1450-1516): The Table of the 7 Deadly Sins, The Hay Wain, The temptations of San Antonio, The Stone of Madness and The Garden of Delights, to continue with the rooms devoted to the Greco (1540-1614): The gentleman's hand on his chest, The Trinity, Christ embraced the cross and The Annunciation. Velázquez (1599-1660): The Worship, Drunkards, Equestrian Portraits, the Forge of Vulcan, The Christ, The spinners, Spears and Las Meninas, ending with Goya (1746-1828): The family of Carlos IV Pictures, The Shootings of May 2, Pestles and Black Paintings.

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