Thursday, September 12, 2013

Plaza Mayor

The most popular and most visited square in Madrid, Spain is the Plaza Mayor.

Built in 1617, Plaza Mayor was originally an idea of Philip II to remake the bustling Plaza del Arrabal (old name of Plaza Mayor) with the help of architect Juan de Herrera. But construction of the noted square did not start until the reign of Philip III. He employed Juan Gomez de Mora to continue the project but it was Juan de Villanueva who did the last reconstruction and completed the work in 1790.

In the middle of the square is a bronze statue of King Philip III, it was designed by Jean Boulogne and Pietro Tacca in 1616 but the statue was not installed until 1848.

Around the square, you can find souvenir shops and restaurants where you can sit and enjoy Spanish tapas or Spanish wines while watching tourists admiring the Plaza.

Plaza Mayor
Address: Plaza Mayor, 2, 28012 Madrid, Spain

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