Madrid Tour Guide
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Madrid's storied history stretches back over a thousand years to its humble beginnings as a medieval fortress under Muslim rule. It was first named "Majrit" or "Magerit," from which the city's modern name is derived.
In the 16th century, Madrid was declared the capital of Spain by King Philip II, marking the beginning of its ascent to political and cultural prominence. The construction of the majestic Royal Palace and the establishment of the Buen Retiro Park reflect this era of grandeur.
The 18th century witnessed Madrid's transformation into a vibrant European city, with the Puerta del Sol and the elegant architecture of the Gran Vía.
Amid the turbulence of the 20th century, Madrid endured the Spanish Civil War and Franco's dictatorship, emerging as the capital of a modern, democratic Spain in the late 20th century.
Today, Madrid stands as a dynamic metropolis, blending its historic charm with contemporary vitality. Its world-class museums, bustling plazas, and the captivating energy of the people reflect its enduring spirit.
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