Day: November 16, 2016

Madrid Off the Beaten Track: Parque del Oeste

I went for a walk around the Parque del Oeste this morning, with my hiking group.

(From Wikipedia) The Parque del Oeste (in English: Western Park) is a park of the city of Madrid (Spain) located between the Autovía A-6, the Ciudad Universitaria de Madrid and the district of Moncloa. Before the 20th century, the land that the park currently occupies was the main landfill of the city. The park was the initiative of Alberto Aguilera, the mayor of the city at the beginning of the 20th century, who in 1906 requested the layout of a place for walking and relaxation by landscape artist Celedonio Rodrígáñez. It has unique and beautiful sites such as “The Rosaleda del Parque del Oeste”, where an international competition of roses is held annually. One of the monuments in the park is the Temple of Debod, an Ancient Egyptian temple. The Egyptian state donated the temple of Debod to Spain in 1968 as a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the Abu Simbel temples.

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