Madrid has a rich and long history.
And it's visible on every street corner, in every building, and even in the atmosphere of the city. Museums and art galleries house priceless artifacts that tell story of Spain's history, and towering churches, monasteries and other religious architecture can be found all over, a testiment to Madrid's Catholic past and present. A few highlights include: the Egyptian Temple of Debod (a temple dedicated to the goddess Isis that is originally from second century Upper Egypt and was donated to Spain and reconstructed in 1972), the amazingly beautiful Plaza Mayor (a massive, beautiful square surrounded by 16th century architecture and perfect for people watching), and the Almudena Cathedral (the biggest cathedral in Madrid and the seat of the local Archdiocese). There is way more to see that won't all fit here - palaces, plazas, fountains, museums and more. Culture and history buffs, take note - it will take more than one trip to soak in all that this city has to offer.