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Madrid: City Guide

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The Spanish capital is a frequent stop for many flights to Israel. It has three Kosher restaurants and many interesting museums.

KWB’s highlights:

  • Are you here because you have a stop over on the way to Israel and want to grab a bite?
  • Good news. The airport is not far from the Kosher restaurant Escudos
  • Jewish history museum: Museo de la Historia Judía de Madrid.
  • There are at least 3 Kosher restaurants in the city and one small supermarket.
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  • Famous for football/soccer, this city has become mix of baroque and cosmopolitan.
  • Most importantly are the museums and palaces that hide a huge history, from art to armory. Madrid, is central capital of Spain.
  • It is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, pristine parks such as the Buen Retiro.
  • It’s renown for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters.
  • The Jewish community of Madrid is as old as is the city. The first Jews settled in Madrid in the ninth century, but the earliest historical records date back to the mid-eleventh century only, specifically, to the year 1053.
  • The community had begun to grow and prosper a couple of centuries before, and in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Jewish population increased considerably.
  • Nevertheless, the Fuero de Madrid statute of 1202 refers to a small Jewish community that wasn’t held in high esteem, which forced them to dwell in the Jewish quarter, known as the Judería.

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  • We found 3 Kosher restaurants, 6 hotels that offer their halls for Kosher events under Madrid’s Rabinate and 8 Kosher stores or regular markets with a Kosher section.
  • This makes Madrid a place to spend some time and not worry about Kosher foods.
  • There are 4 Orthodox synagogues and 1 modern Orthodox one.
  • There are many museums in Madrid, this is a list of a few of them:
    • Del Prado Museum.
    • Queen Sofia Museum of Art.
    • Royal Palace Museum.
    • Naval Museum.
    • Archeological Museum.
  • There is also a Jewish museum called Museo de la Historia Judía de Madrid.
  • As said earlier, Madrid is famous for football/soccer, it has one of the most monumental soccer stadiums on earth, the Santiago Bernabeu.
  • And how can we forget about the plazas that characterise Spain, these are the influence for many cities in the world especially in South America. The most famous one is Plaza Mayor, there is also Puerta del Sol and Paseo del Arco de la Victoria, etc.
  • Before going to Madrid, be prepared to walk a lot!

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