The Glass Palace (aka Palacio de Cristal) is an iron/glass architecture found inside the Retiro Park, Madrid. As you know, I am an “arrive first found out later” sort of tourist, so I found this place via following a crowd LOL inside the relatively calm Retiro Park (Parque de El Retiro).
Inside Retiro Park (Parque de El Retiro)
Reitiro Park (Parque de El Retiro) is HUGE. It is undeniably the largest park in Madrid. It has space for lakes, rowing, museum (Palacio de Velazquez, pic is below), fountains, multiple restaurants etc. You get the idea? So you can imagine how strange it looked to see a whole bunch of people walking in a specific direction in a massive space like this.
The Glass Palace (Palacio de Cristal)
I was so surprised! Who knew that they’ll have something like this in the middle of a park! Lucky me, they were hosting and exhibition. Entry was FREE!!!
Okay, there was a bit of queuing and everyone needed to wear shoe protector upon entry. It was worth the hassle.
Clearly, I had no idea what I was seeing here. I am not exactly the cultured / artsy type. I do appreciate the experience though. The design was just fascinating! Disappearing messages all over the floor. There’s something poetic about this whole set up. As the water dried out, the message left stains and disappeared eventually. I waited patiently for messages to resurface. Water seeped through the textured floor and eventually forming a ‘pop up’ message that looks like glistening gel. The message did not repeat itself over the same spot! What an amazing art piece! I loved it. It was a huge pity that I could not understand any Spanish.Anyways, I loved loved loved my visit. There was something very relaxing about the whole exhibition. The visitors in general were calm and quiet too. Personally, I won’t mind a second visit to this beautiful green house! 😀
Where? / How to get there?
Nearest subway stop is Retiro. This place is so huge, it is very difficult to miss. It is on the east side of Madrid 😉
Camera: Canon 5D mark3, Sony Z3+