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December 20, 2017
On a cold winter morning, Madrid's Retiro park is filled with joggers and dog walkers enjoying the fresh...
Madrid, Spain
The Wider Image: Four seasons in Madrid's Retiro park
On a cold winter morning, Madrid's Retiro park is filled with joggers and dog walkers enjoying the fresh air and manicured flowerbeds of one of the city's most visited attractions. El Retiro ("The Retreat") was originally a palace and gardens built for the personal enjoyment of King Felipe IV in the 17th Century, where courtiers sometimes carried out recreations of naval battles on the boating lake. Nearly 400 years later, the 1.4-square kilometre (350-acre) park is used for boat rides, an annual book fair and road races. It has a garden with over 4,000 rosebushes which fill the air with scent when the flowers bloom in May and June, and the "Palacio de Cristal" built in 1887, a glass and iron structure inspired by London's Crystal Palace. The park is enjoyed by "madrilenos" and tourists alike. REUTERS/Susana Vera SEARCH "RETIRO PARK" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: SPAIN-RETIRO/
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