Palacio de Cristal -- Weekday Wanderlust

Palacio de Cristal

There’s a hidden gem in Madrid’s largest park — the Crystal Palace, or “Palacio de Cristal.” The imposing structure is built almost entirely of glass on an iron framework. Decorative ceramic inlays add embellishment to its columns and facades.  At its feet, steps lead down to a reflective lake. Rainbows refract and light up its various domed rooms.

The Palacio de Cristal is unquestionably beautiful — but where did it come from? What was the inspiration behind its striking design?

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