Turismo Madrid


Madrid city old photo


The Canal Foundation presents Clifford's new photographic exhibition at 2 Mateo Inurria St. Like a breath of fresh air, the exhibition delights visitors with up to one hundred images that will provide an insight into Madrid before and after the arrival of the iconic Canal de Isabel II. 

The photographs by Clifford, a Welsh photographer who developed his career in Spain showing the customs and reality of the time, show a very different Madrid from today’s. The exhibition portrays a process of change with the arrival of the Industrial Revolution and a hope for the future. 

With free admission from 11:00 to 14:30 and from 15:30 to 20:00 on weekdays or from 11:00 to 14:30 on Wednesdays, the viewer cannot miss the dissection of Clifford's romantic Madrid. Some of the photographs show a premature statue of the goddess Cibeles in the middle of its square or images of the Congress of Deputies at the time.

Another must-see is the Puerta de Alcalá. Enjoying locals and tourists, this door has marked the rhythm of generations and has become an essential place in a visit to Madrid.

In the exhibition you will also be able to observe the customs and costumes of the time. Even a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II will decorate the room and show the ostentation in which the royalty of the time lived. On the other hand, images of the wealthiest classes of the time and their clothing will provide an idea of how the wealthiest lived in Madrid at the time. 

One of the photographs that will have the greatest impact on tourists is the inauguration of the Isabel II Canal on June 24, 1858. The photograph shows a primitive National Library of Spain next to a jet of water that rose more than 90 meters high and was activated by the queen herself to show that Madrid could be the envy of all.

The little ones will also embark on this historic journey with a guided tour that you can view here. Here the little ones will learn about the concepts of photography and the evolution it has undergone since the 19th century. 

And for the more curious, a guided tour will be available every Monday from 15:30 to 16:00 with a duration of 40 minutes and groups of a maximum of 14 people. Thanks to the exhibition guides, visitors will be able to learn about the history behind the images.

History and art go hand in hand in an exhibition that will break the schemes of all visitors who think they know Madrid. With its precision and truth, Clifford's photographic exhibition is a sure bet that you can't miss. Welcome to romantic Madrid!


More information: Views of the Madrid of Isabel II in Clifford's exhibition

Image credits:Clifford © Web Fundación Canal