Mercado (market) de San Miguel – MADRID

Mercado (market) de San Miguel During the medieval period, it was an open market surrounded by stands, where the guild’s handcrafted products were put on sale. Its most characteristic elements are the cast iron supports of the structure, the covers composition, the drainage well system and the ceramic battlement that crowns the roof. San Miguel Read more about Mercado (market) de San Miguel – MADRID[…]

IGLESIA DE SANTIAGO Y SAN JUAN – MADRID

IGLESIA DE SANTIAGO Y SAN JUAN In 1810, Joseph Bonaparte ordered to knock down all the buildings opposite to the west facade of the Palacio Real. His purpose was to open a large square, which will be known as the Plaza de Oriente. Among the disappeared buildings are two of the oldest churches in Madrid: Read more about IGLESIA DE SANTIAGO Y SAN JUAN – MADRID[…]

The Palacio de Comunicaciones (EL PALACIO DE LAS COMUNICACIONES) MADRID

The Palacio de Comunicaciones The Palacio de Comunicaciones was the last of the four buildings in the square to open its gates. It could be consider the best building to identify the essence of the place, because of its location in the south-west corner and the circular shape that it provides to the square. Likewise, Read more about The Palacio de Comunicaciones (EL PALACIO DE LAS COMUNICACIONES) MADRID[…]

The Palacio de Linares_MADRID (EL PALACIO DE LINARES_MADRID)

The Palacio de Linares The Palacio de Linares owes its name to Mateo de Murga y Reolid, first marquis of Linares, who ordered its construction in 1877 to the architect Carlos Colubí. The building occupying a site of 3.064 m2 was finished in 1900. The main facade, which leads to the plaza de Cibeles, stands Read more about The Palacio de Linares_MADRID (EL PALACIO DE LINARES_MADRID)[…]

Bank of Spain_MADRID (BANCO DE ESPAÑA_MADRID)

Bank of Spain The south-east corner of the square is dominated by the central seat of the Banco de España (Bank of Spain). The building was inaugurated in 189, nine years after the king Alfonso XII put the first stone. The building was designed by Eduardo Adaro and Severiano Sainz de la Lastra. Bernardo Asins Read more about Bank of Spain_MADRID (BANCO DE ESPAÑA_MADRID)[…]

Palacio (palace) de Buenavista_MADRID (PALACIO DE BUENAVISTA_MADRID)

Palacio (palace) de Buenavista The Palacio de Buenavista, current seat of the Army Headquarters, was built in the last third of the 18th century it was the Dukes of Alba residence. In 1777, it was built in a plot of land known as Altillo de Buenavista, purchased by the twelfth Duke of Alba in 1769. Read more about Palacio (palace) de Buenavista_MADRID (PALACIO DE BUENAVISTA_MADRID)[…]

Fuente (fountain) de Cibeles – LA FUENTE DE CIBELES (MADRID)

Fuente (fountain) de Cibeles The Fuente de Cibeles was designed by the architect Ventura Rodríguez, to the order of the king Charles III. Its realization was carried out by the sculptors Francisco Gutierrez Arribas, who elaborated the goddess and the cart, and Roberto Michel, the author of the lions. Firstly, it was placed in front Read more about Fuente (fountain) de Cibeles – LA FUENTE DE CIBELES (MADRID)[…]

Plaza de Cibeles – MADRID

Plaza de Cibeles The Plaza Cibeles is located in the intersection between the street Alcalá, Recoletos avenue (to the north) and Prado Avenue (to the south). This place, one of the most symbolic in Madrid, divides the limits of the Centro, Retiro and Salamanca district. In the centre of the square we find the famous fountain Read more about Plaza de Cibeles – MADRID[…]

PUERTA (GATE) DEL SOL_MADRID (LA PUERTA DEL SOL_MADRID)

PUERTA (GATE) DEL SOL (MADRID) At first, Puerta del Sol was one of the accesses of the fence that surrounded Madrid in the 15th century. This fence collected inside the medieval suburbs, which have been growing outside the 12th century Christian wall. The name of the gate comes from the sun that decorated the entrance, Read more about PUERTA (GATE) DEL SOL_MADRID (LA PUERTA DEL SOL_MADRID)[…]

PLAZA (SQUARE) MAYOR_MADRID (LA PLAZA MAYOR_MADRID)

PLAZA (SQUARE) MAYOR It is one of the most important squares in Madrid. The origin of the square dates back to the 15th century, when it was the most popular market of the city. In 1580, Philip II entrusted Juan de Herrera with the project redesigning the square; but it was Juan Gómez de Mora Read more about PLAZA (SQUARE) MAYOR_MADRID (LA PLAZA MAYOR_MADRID)[…]