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Madrid is the capital of the Spanish state and the capital of the Madrid community. It has a population of 3.165.541 inhabitants, including the metropolitan area the number of registered population reaches 6.545.031 inhabitants. It is the third city in population of the European Union behind Berlin and London.
Regarding the climate, according to the Köppen climate classification, Madrid can be classified as a transition climate between BSk and Csa. Other sources describe Madrid´s climate as a Continentalized Mediterranean.
Since Madrid is the capital of Spain, it houses the main government seats, ministries, official bodies, embassies as well as the official residence of the Kings of Spain and that of the Prime Minister.
Internationally, Madrid houses the headquarters of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), among other official organizations, as well as the headquarters of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE). Madrid is the fourth richest city in Europe after London, Paris and Moscow.
Madrid is one of the world´s most culturally relevant cities thanks to its number of internationally referenced museums, including the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum, the Caixa Forum Madrid center and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum.
In the city of Madrid is the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. Its name is Casa Botín, this restaurant was founded in 1725 in the lower cellar (next to the Plaza Mayor). The cuisine is traditional Castilian.
The origins of Madrid go back to Visigothic burials as well as remains that go back to the Carpetan villages or pre-Roman period. According to the latest archaeological findings, the current city of Madrid is located on a small urban agglomeration from the Visigothic period of the 7th century called Matrice or Matriz, stream.
Madrid was incorporated into the crown of Castile in 1083 and designated as the seat of the court by King Felipe II in 1561, becoming the first permanent capital of the Spanish monarchy.
The Madrid coat of arms contains a bear and a strawberry tree, as well as 7 stars alluding to the Madrid sky as well as the royal crown. As a curiosity to comment that it is actually a bear and not a bear as everyone thinks.
Madrid is an open-air museum, walking along the Paseo de la Castellana we can find the so-called Open-Air Sculpture Museum dedicated to abstract works, among which stands out the Stranded Mermaid by Eduardo Chillida. The famous fountains such as the Cibeles, the Neptune Fountain, the Apollo Fountain, were made by the architect Ventura Rodriguez. In the Plaza de Oriente we can find a series of statues referring to different kings of Spain from the Visigoths and different medieval Christian kings.
Madrid is the only capital in the world that has a monument to Lucifer called the Fountain of the Fallen Angel or the Fallen Angel, the work of the author Ricardo Bellver (1877) located at 666 meters above sea level.
Madrid is a friendly, cosmopolitan city, with a good climate to walk through its streets and feel the warmth of the people. Come to Madrid and you will fall in love with the city.
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