Now a peaceful library surrounded by gardens, this corner of Retiro Park was once the second-oldest zoo in Europe, known as the Casa de Fieras, or “House of Beasts.”
In 1774, King Carlos III of Spain ordered the construction of the House of Beasts, a primitive concept of what we know as a zoo. It was the second animal park built in Europe, after the zoo in Vienna. It was home to lions, tigers, and bears, as well as monkeys, ostriches, a crocodile, and even an elephant.
|Love Art? Welcome to Madrid! en||1.2km||site_izi|
|Hermitage of Saint Pelagius and Saint Isidore||2020||0.5km||site_ao|
|Pantheon of Illustrious Men||2019||1.2km||site_ao|
|Altamira Cave Replica||2019||1.1km||site_ao|
|Madrid’s Last Horchata Kiosk||2019||0.8km||site_ao|
|The Lady of Cerro de los Santos||2019||1.2km||site_ao|
|Dolmen de Dalí||2018||1km||site_ao|
|The Lady of Elche||2018||1.2km||site_ao|
|‘Witches’ Sabbath (The Great He-Goat)’||2018||1.2km||site_ao|
|The Giant of Extremadura||2017||1.3km||site_ao|
|Guanche Mummy of Madrid||2017||1.2km||site_ao|
|Torre de Valencia||1968||0.5km||site_brutalism|
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