Paseo del Prado

Coordinates: 40°24′51″N 3°41′37″W / 40.414061°N 3.693688°W / 40.414061; -3.693688
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Paseo del Prado
Native name
Spanish: Paseo del Prado
LocationMadrid, Spain
Coordinates40°24′51″N 3°41′37″W / 40.414061°N 3.693688°W / 40.414061; -3.693688
Criteriaii, iv, vi
Designated2021 (44th session)
Part ofPaseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of Arts and Sciences
Reference no.1618
RegionEurope and North America
Official namePaseo del Prado
Reference no.RI-51-0004725
Paseo del Prado is located in Spain
Paseo del Prado
Location of Paseo del Prado in Spain

The Paseo del Prado is one of the main boulevards in Madrid, Spain. It runs north–south between the Plaza de Cibeles and the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V (also known as Plaza de Atocha), with the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo (the location of the Fuente de Neptuno, and of the Ritz and Palace five-star hotels) lying approximately in the middle. The Paseo del Prado forms the southern end of the city's central axis (which continues to the north of Cibeles as the Paseo de Recoletos, and further north as the Paseo de la Castellana). It enjoys the status of Bien de Interés Cultural (BIC), and as part of a combined UNESCO World Heritage Site with Buen Retiro Park.


This densely tree-lined, wide and central avenue is a landmark for the city residents and the location of important cultural and tourist spots in the city, including the so-called Golden Triangle of Art, which encompasses three museums: the Prado Museum (with highlights such as Diego Velázquez's Las Meninas and Francisco de Goya's La maja vestida and La maja desnuda), the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (housing a collection that spans eight centuries of European painting), and the Reina Sofia Museum (where Pablo Picasso's Guernica hangs, among a collection of 20th-century art). In the vicinity are the Parque del Buen Retiro, the Casón del Buen Retiro (hosting the 19th-century collection of the Prado Museum), CaixaForum Madrid, the headquarters of the Real Academia Española (the Spanish language academy), the Bolsa de Madrid (the city's stock exchange), and the Congreso de los Diputados (the national congress).

The Paseo del Prado boulevard includes several monuments and enclosures that are of historical and artistic interest, erected in the eighteenth century for the Hall of Prado urban project. Numerous ornamental and landscaping grounds were constructed for this project. The highlights of this project include the Villanueva Building (the Prado Museum's main building), the Royal Botanical Gardens and three sculptural water fountains designed by Ventura Rodriguez, depicting Neptune, Cibeles and Apollo.[citation needed]

A controversial project of thorough reform and revitalization of the Paseo del Prado and the Paseo de Recoletos, known as Plan Especial Recoletos-Prado and authored by an international team of architects led by Álvaro Siza,[1] was approved by the city council on 23 June 2005, but as of December 2010 its environmental impact study is still underway[2] and reconstruction has not been initiated.

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