Winter in Crystal Palace (just before the dawn)


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Author: Felipe Gabaldón
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Explore Jan 18, 2009 #260 Palacio de Cristal (Parque del Retiro, Madrid). Since assuming its role as a public park the late 19th century, the "Parque del Retiro" has been used as a venue for various international exhibitions. Several emblematic buildings have remained as testimony to such events, including ... the Palacio de Cristal ("Crystal Palace"), a glass pavilion inspired by The Crystal Palace in London, undoubtedly the gardens' most extraordinary building. Built along with its artificial pond in 1887 by architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco for the Philippine Islands Exhibitions, it was first used to display flower species indigenous to the islands (see Wikipedia). Levantado en 1887 con motivo de la Exposición de las Islas Filipinas, celebrada ese mismo año, el Palacio de Cristal se sitúa en el Parque del Buen Retiro de Madrid. Su estructura es de metal, y está totalmente recubierto por planchas de cristal, de ahí su nombre. A sus pies se observa un lago artificial, con curiosos árboles en su interior, el Ciprés de los pantanos (Taxodium distichum),cuya principal característica es precisamente esa, que parte de su tronco y de sus raíces están bajo el agua (ver Wikipedia).

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