5 unusual and unique attractions in Madrid, Spain

The capital of Spain has more to offer than even its finest art galleries and museums, with a series of unusual and unique sights to see.

Madrid is the capital of Spain and is set in the heart of the country. The city is full of museums, art galleries, restaurants, parks and a shopping experience like no other.

The city of Madrid also has a unique side waiting for visitors [VIDEO], including a museum dedicated to the blind or visually impaired, a genuine Egyptian temple, the remains of [VIDEO] an ancient Moorish tower in a parking garage, a whimsical fallen angel and the world's oldest operating restaurant.

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Tiflológico Museum (Typhlological Museum) - 18 Calle la Coruña, Madrid, Spain

In most cases, a visit to a museum is a visual experience – rarely do you get a chance to touch anything. The Typhlological Museum was created by ONCE – the National Organization of the Spanish Blind – for visually impaired people, to allow them to experience art and architectural masterpieces through the mode of touch. The blind or visually impaired can explore many of the most important works of art and architectural monuments with specially textured, raised details and vivid colours.

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Templo de Debod (Temple of Debod) – Paseo Pintor Rosales 2, Madrid, Spain

Close to Plaza de España, in the heart of the city, is an ancient Egyptian temple. It was gifted to Spain by Egypt in 1968 as thanks for the country’s efforts in saving historic sites that would have otherwise been flooded when the Aswan High Dam was complete. The temple stood in the Nile Valley of Egypt from the 4th century BCE and is dedicated to the Egyptian gods Isis and Amun. The building is in a park, surrounded by a pool which reflects its image. There are also great views of the city.

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La Torre de los Huesos (The Tower of the Bones) – Calle de Bailén, 8, Madrid, Spain

You wouldn’t normally expect to find one of the most ancient towers in Madrid in the heart of an ordinary parking garage. According to Atlas Obscura, should you choose this spot to park before a visit to the Royal Palace, you will see the remains of an 11th-century tower built by the Moors. It got its name as it was close to the ancient Islamic cemetery of Huesa del Raf. There’s no entrance fee, just the normal price for parking.

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'Air Crash' (Accidente Aéreo) sculpture – 3 Calle Milaneses, Madrid, Spain

Most people have heard of Lucifer’s fall from grace, but one sculptor came up with a more refreshing image. The statue shows a winged man who has just crashed face-first onto the roof of a building in the city. “Air Crash” (or Accidente Aéreo in Spanish) was created by sculptor Miguel Ángel Ruiz Beato. Poised on his fifth-floor spot, this clumsy angel is close to the Parque del Buen Retiro in the city, where the real Fallen Angel stands.

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Sobrino de Botin Restaurant - Calle de Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid

Can you imagine dining in a restaurant that has been serving diners for more than 200 years? Sobrino de Botin is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest operating restaurant in the world. The restaurant opened in 1725 on the ground floor of an inn. At that time, guests were expected to bring their own ingredients, which would then be cooked in the restaurant’s kitchen. Nowadays the restaurant takes up four floors of the building and still serves the famous suckling pig.

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