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Atocha, Madrid: 40 reviews and 72 photos
If you're staying in Madrid long enough, chances are you'll end up at the Atocha Station at some point to go on a day-trip. Even if you aren't, I still think it's worth going inside to check out the city's biggest train station. The oldest part of the station dates back to 1892. It was in use for about 100 years, until the new terminal opened. Instead of destroying the old building, authorities smartly turned it into an indoor tropical garden, complete with palm trees, turtles and fishies! It's a pretty nice place to go for coffee on a rainy day :o)
On a different note, outside the station is where you'll find the glass cylinder that was erected as a memorial to the 191 victims of the March 11, 2004 attacks. It is a simple structure in which can be found the messages of condolences that were left at the station in the days following the tragedy.
Address: Plaza del Emperador Carlos V
Directions: At the end of the Paseo del Prado, Metro Atocha-Renfe
Phone: 90 224 02 02
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