"Take a Guided Tour of the Town House" Town Hall Square Tip by DanielF

Town Hall Square, Madrid: 20 reviews and 45 photos

The Town House (Casa de la Villa) is the most modern of the constructions on the Plaza de la Villa, but also the most prominent, as it has housed for centuries the local government of the Municipality of Madrid.

The building is modest in size, but blends in harmoniously with the rest of the attractive buildings in the cozy plaza. The style is quintessentially Madrilenian Baroque, with austere reddish brick and granite façades and elegant corner towers crowned by pyramidal pinnacles. The façade also features an impressive carved coat of arms of the city. As a matter of fact, the Casa de la Villa was a project of Juan Gómez de Mora, the same architect who designed most of the Plaza Mayor.

Only recently has the Mayor moved his office to a grander building (the former Palacio de Telecomunicaciones on Plaza de la Cibeles), but with less historical significance. Still, the City Council will hold temporarily its plenary meetings in this Baroque palace until the conditioning works of the Palacio de Telecomunicaciones are finished. Then, it is planned that the building and the adjacent Casa de Cisneros be transformed into a Museum of the City of Madrid.

For the time being, there are weekly free-of-charge guided tours of the Casa de la Villa (every Monday) that show the most valuable treasures of the building, including the Plenary Room, whose dome is decorated with beautiful late 17th century frescoes by Antonio Palomino; the Patio de Cristales, former atrium of the building, now covered by an elaborated glass dome; and the Goya Hall, so called because it hosts a Goya painting depicting the Allegory of Madrid.

Address: Mayor Street

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  • Updated Jun 13, 2008
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