Madrid – Barrio Puerta del Sol – Plaza Mayor

Please see my next post for places to eat near Plaza Mayor.

Plaza Mayor is the most iconic square in Spain.

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It’s been the scene of football matches and markets, and also bullfights and public executions. Heretics were tried and punished here in what is known as an auto-da-fé.

In all there are nine entrances that open into the square.

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It’s dominated by the brightly painted Casa de la Panadería (Bakery House). The ground floor was once a bakery whereas the upper levels house various public institutions.

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The frescoes on the façade are relatively recent.

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They were designed by the artist Carlos Franco and painted in 1992.

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They depict the figures of Cybele, Proserpine, Bacchus, and Cupid, and other mythological characters imagined by the artist.

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Under the porticoes the sides of the square are lined with traditional shops and cafes.

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Nowadays it’s a major tourist attraction and the focal point for celebrating the festival of San Isidro, Madrid’s patron saint.

If you leave the square by the south-east entrance you quickly come to Plaza Providencia which has a nice fountain and some attractive buildings.


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Photos put up in February 2016

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