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Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Paseo del Prado
Spain 28014
Tel: 34 91 330 2800
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One of the world's greatest art museums—in Europe's top three, with Paris's Louvre and the Uffizi in Florence—El Prado is now bigger and better thanks to Pritzker Prize–winning architect Rafael Moneo's addition, which doubled the museum's floor space. Moneo's $100 million extension links the original 18th-century Prado with the Iglesia de los Jerónimos building—which has a new skin around its crumbling cloisters—and an underground passage. The extra space has allowed much more of the museum's collection of more than 7,500 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 2,400 prints, and 6,000 drawings to come out of storage. Highlights include Velÿzquez's Las Meninas; a sweeping collection of Goyas, including the canonical war image Tres de Mayo; and a fascinating group of paintings by El Greco, with his trademark pallid, ghostly use of color.

Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 8 pm.

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