Thursday, 5 June 2014

Palacio de Cristal, Madrid, Spain

Crystal Palace and a typical couple
3 Jun, 2014 | From Ana of Spain

The Palacio de Cristal, or Crystal Palace, is a glass and metal structure in the centre of the Buen Retiro Park in central Madrid. The Palacio de Cristal, in the shape of a Greek cross, is made almost entirely of glass set in an iron framework on a brick base, which is decorated with ceramics. The structure was designed in a way that would allow it to be re-erected on another site. It was built in 1887 to exhibit flora and fauna from the Philippines.

The little kids in the postcard are dressed as chulapos and chulapas (typical Madrilenian dress). The boy is dressed with a checked black and white cap, a vest, a tight and black trousers, and his boots. And the most important detail: a carnation in the lapel. The girl is really beautiful wearing a long white dress with black dots. Covering her head, she has put a white headscarf with a red carnation on the top. She is a chulapa and each chulapa has to wear a Manila shawl, like she does.

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