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|Parque de El Capricho|
The lake in the park
|Public transit access||El Capricho|
The Parque de El Capricho is a park in Madrid. The name capricho means "folly" in Spanish. It was created by María Josefa Pimentel, Duchess of Osuna (1752-1834) on her estate at Alameda de Osuna, which was then outside the city of Madrid. It is landscaped in eighteenth-century style with formal and naturalistic features. It is recognised as one of the most beautiful parks in the city.
The landscape design shows some English influence. Characteristically of continental gardens in the English style, there are a number of "eye-catchers" such as a hermit's house. Other features include a lake and a maze.
There are various buildings from the time of the Duchess, the largest being the ducal palacio.
The Duchess continued to make improvements to the gardens until the end of her life, one of the last features being an iron bridge, which was constructed in 1830. This pedestrian bridge is claimed to be the first iron bridge in Spain.
The park has been designated a jardín histórico.
In 2016 it was proposed to open the palace as a museum.
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