Prado launches website ahead of annex opening

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16 October 2007, MADRID- (AFP) - Madrid's Prado museum launched a more detailed version of its Internet site ahead of the opening at the end of the month of a long-awaited new annex which will extend floor space by half.

16 October 2007

MADRID- (AFP) - Madrid's Prado museum launched a more detailed version of its Internet site ahead of the opening at the end of the month of a long-awaited new annex which will extend floor space by half.

Available in 12 languages, www.museodelprado.es provides online access to a greater number of works that comprise the Madrid museum's vast collection as well as a search engine that eases consultation of its database.

The Prado houses works from some of Spain's most important artists such as Velazquez and Goya as well as other pre-20th century masters like El Greco.

It owns roughly 8,000 paintings, of which 1,000 are on display.

A just completed five-year expansion and renovation project, the biggest in the museum's 200-year history, added new areas totaling 22,000 square metres (237,000 square-feet) which will allow 1,500 paintings to be displayed.

The expansion cost 152 million euros (215 million dollars). Some two million people visit the Prado each year, making it one of Madrid's top tourist draws.

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