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  Plaza Mayor
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Chinchon is known for her surprising "Plaza Mayor" of irregular shape surrounded with houses three stores high on arches with wooden balconies. The first houses were built in 15th century.
The Plaza Mayor shaped as a basin is dominated by the church of Our Lady of the Assumption situated on a height in border of the place.
Felipe V was proclaimed king on this square in 1706. Chinchon distinguished herself by her constant support to the Spanish monarchy and by a history much richer than her smallness and her provincial quietness shows.
It was the countess of Chinchon who in Peru, where her husband was a viceroy, was a victim of strong fevers and was treated with the extract of bark, the quinine. She had quinine distributed in big quantities as treatment for malaria. The generic name of quinine is therefore "Cinchona".

Directions: 45 Km south-east of Madrid

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2011
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