Palacio de Cristal - Plaza de la Independencia, 7 Madrid, Spain

The Crystal Palace in Madrid, Spain was built to mirror a similar building in London. It is an architectural jewel recalling an era when places were built for their sheer beauty. Completed in 1887 on the edge of the lake in Buen Retiro Park, the glass and steel greenhouse exhibits plants and art in equal measure. Its beauty can be enjoyed from inside, or outside the building. The photo included here was taken just before dawn.