Spain is a diverse country with a delightful variety of activities to do and sights to see. However, the one attraction that should not be missed on your Spain holidays is the Golden Museum Triangle. The greatest art collection in the western world is featured within these three Madrid museums, which are located only minutes from each other. The Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofia are home to thousands of art pieces from famous artists such as Picasso, Rembrandt and Van Gogh.
The Prado was originally opened in 1819 and its initial purpose was to teach students fine art. The school was open to the public one day a week, but this changed in 1868 with the revolution and the classically beautiful building was converted to the National Painting and Sculpture Museum with art on display for public viewing. Patrons of the Prado will be able to view works by Velasquez, Goya and Murillo.
Just across the street is the Thyssen Bornemisza, which offers art lovers a collection of more than 800 pieces acquired by the Thyssen-Bornemisza family and is the second largest assemblage of art in the world. The museum features works from Van Gogh, Rothko and Caravaggio.
Only ten minutes away and completing the Golden Triangle is the Reina Sofia. The museum opened in 1992 and presents modern art to visiting patrons. Popular contemporary notables with art displayed in the Reina Sofia include Picasso, Solana and Dali.
Travellers are sure to relish their experience with the Golden Triangle. Also, the vast amount of historical, contemporary and modern art on display is sure to bring visitors back for a second or third trip to this amazing attraction.