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Madrid makes herself beautiful to welcome the Pope


Madrid has welcomed the Holy Father and pilgrims from around the world arriving for World Youth Day (WYD) 2011, with the city turning on the charm and dressed for a great fiesta.

The streets along the Popemobile’s route were lined with rows of flags and pa-palmeo (clapping for the Pope), while the sky was filled with colour, courtesy of WYD balloons which were distributed throughout the streets.

The balconies of houses of the city are adorned by flags, banners and banderoles, as are most emblematic buildings of Madrid, from the National Library  to the towers in Colón Square and one of the most important skyscrapers of Madrid, Torre Espacio.

Well-known for having the highest chapel in the world, Torre Espacio will also act as a ‘Paschal Candle’ during WYD. An enormous spotlight-like a flame has been positioned on the skyscraper's chapel, with a cross on either side.

It can be seen from any point in the city, even Cuatro Vientos.


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