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19 El Retiro's Crystal Palace is one of the best examples of so-called iron architecture in Madrid. Originally planned as a gigantic greenhouse to house tropical plants on the occasion of the Philippine Islands Flora Exhibition, held in 1887, it is currently one of the headquarters of the Reina Sofa Museum, which hosts several temporary exhibitions.

The architect Ricardo Vel痙quez Bosco was in charge of its construction in 1887, inspired by the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park (London), the work of Joseph Paxton in 1851. The building, located next to an artificial lake and surrounded by horse chestnut trees, is It is covered with large glass plates, and has a ceramic decoration in small friezes and finishes by Daniel Zuloaga.

In 1975, a comprehensive repair was carried out to restore it to its original appearance.

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19 El Palacio de Cristal de El Retiro es uno de los mejores ejemplos de la llamada arquitectura del hierro en Madrid. Planeado originalmente como un gigantesco invernadero para albergar plantas tropicales con motivo de la Exposicin de Flora de las Islas Filipinas, celebrada en 1887, actualmente es una de las sedes del Museo Reina Sofa, que acoge varias exposiciones temporales.

El arquitecto Ricardo Vel痙quez Bosco fue el encargado de su construccin en 1887, inspirado en el Crystal Palace de Hyde Park (Londres), obra de Joseph Paxton en 1851. El edificio, situado junto a un lago artificial y rodeado de castaos de indias, se encuentra recubierto de grandes planchas de cristal, y cuenta con una decoracin cer疥ica en pequeos frisos y remates realizada por Daniel Zuloaga.

En 1975, se realiz una reparacin integral que le devolvi su aspecto original.

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