Plaza de la Villa. Plaza in Madrid, Spain

Plaza de la Villa

Plaza in Madrid, Spain

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Plaza de la Villa

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The Plaza de la Villa is a small and pretty historic square in the city center of Madrid, Spain. It is located close to the much larger Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. The focal point of social and commercial activity in medieval Madrid, the square is surrounded by beautiful buildings, all of them of a different style. It was the location of the former town hall, the Casa de la Villa, before the seat of the city’s administration was moved to Cibeles Palace at Plaza de Cibeles. Occasionally, the old town hall is still used for ceremonies.

History

The square was first known as ‘Plaza de San Salvador’, a name given after a nearby church. Work on the new Casa de la Villa began in 1645. The person to whom the project was assigned was the architect, Juan Gómez de Mora (Wikipedia Article). The town hall was completed in 1696, though the columns that face the Calle Mayor were added in 1789. The Cibeles Palace, also known as the ‘Palacio de Comunicaciones’, took over the role of town hall of Madrid in 2007.

Features

There are three main buildings at the square, the Casa de la Villa, the Casa de Cisneros and the Gothic Torre de los Lujanes, which is the oldest building at the square and one of the oldest in all of Madrid. The statue of Alvaro de Bazan, the admiral responsible for creating the Spanish Armada, stands at the center of square.

Visiting Plaza de la Villa

The Plaza de la Villa is a picturesque little square and visitors who are on their way to or from the Plaza Mayor are recommended to take a look around. There are free guided tours of the Casa de la Villa every Monday at 5 p0 feet Tours are available in Spanish and English.

How to Get There

The square lies along the Calle Mayor, which also runs past the Plaza Mayor and toward the Puerta del Sol. It is located in the heart of Madrid and can be reached on foot from pretty much anywhere in the city center. The nearest subway station is Opera, served by M2 and M5, but the station at Puerta del Sol, served by M1, M2 and M3, lies within walking distance as well.

Similar and Nearby Landmarks

Other interesting landmarks in central Madrid include the Plaza de España, the Royal Palace Madrid, and the Buen Retiro Park.

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Author: bramreusen. Last updated: Apr 02, 2015

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