The Prado Museum, Madrid
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THE PRADO: Surely, this is the greatest museum in the world. It is smaller and better arranged than the Louvre; it is far more selective and would never think of accepting the trivia (murals by David) with which the Louvre fills its halls; and it has a greater concentration of masterpieces than even the Uffizzi in Florence-works by El Greco, Goya, Velazquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, Van Dyck, Murillo, Ribera, Brueghel-you will reel from the impact of this great art collected in one spot. High spot of the museum, in my poor opinion, is the room of sketches by Goya on the 1st floor, which make fierce, passionate commentaries on the themes of war, death, poverty, tyranny. The Valezquez room is another indispensable stop.
.. . For lunchtime visitors, the Prado maintains a courtyard buffet restaurant next to its room of Brueghels, with sandwiches, and a particularly-popular meal: soup, a beefsteak with fried egg and mushrooms, and dessert. . . . Schedule the Prado for the beginning of your Madrid stay; you'll want to shoot yourself if you find only a few hours available for this profound experience at the end of your visit.