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Plaza Mayor, Madrid: 15 reviews and 15 photos

  Plaza Mayor at sunset
by SirRichard

Favorite thing: If you come in a tour, you'll end up visiting the Plaza Mayor. If not, do it anyway, it's worth the while.
Some History: It was built in 1619 to show off the prestige of a Spanish king's rule. A 1790 fire virtually leveled the masterpiece, but it was rebuilt. Elegant Renaissance-style buildings surround a statue of the king, which has looked down on all kinds of activities in the square, from criminal executions to royal marriages. The Plaza still hosts less lofty events, such as fairs and performances. Look for the plaza's oldest building, marked by its brightly painted murals and gray spires. It is known as the Casa de la Panaderia, the bakery, after the bread shop it replaced.

Address: Main square of Madrid

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 5, 2002
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