Category: Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor al atardecer.

Legends of Madrid’s Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor, has a history dating back from 1494, and has been the centre of many anecdotes and legends, since it has been the location for the main market of town, as well as the place for public executions up to 1815. You can still see the “Casa de la Panadería” (Bakery House) , on […]

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Plaza Mayor Niños Jugando

Plaza Mayor

In this virtual tour, from Puerta del Sol, we continue towards calle Mayor and about 250 meters, to the left hand side, we have the astounding Plaza Mayor. We enter through one of the nine arched gates of the square, and on any day, we can find lots of activities that characterizes it. For example, […]

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Puerta calle Gerona, La Plaza Mayor

Origins of Plaza Mayor

The origins of Plaza Mayor, date back to the sixteenth century, when from the outer part to the southern part of the plaza, was considered just outside the medieval village. This site was known as “Plaza del Arrabal”, and it was the main market of the town. In 1580, having moved the court to Madrid […]

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Puerta Arco de Plaza Mayor Madrid

Toledo Arch Entrance To Plaza Mayor

The Arc of Toledo, also called arch of Cofreros, is where the Toledo street begins. It was called “Arco de Cofreros”, because under the old regime, it was here where they sold the handicrafts produced by the Madrid guild of Cofreros. The Arch of Toledo, is one of the nine arched gateways that give access […]

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Arco de Cuchilleros - Plaza Mayor de Madrid

Cuchilleros Arch – Plaza Mayor

The Arco de Cuchilleros, that could be translated as the Cutlers Arch, is the most famous of the nine arched porticos of the Plaza Mayor of Madrid. It is located in the southwest corner of the square, with its considerable height due to the large gap in the ground level between the Plaza Mayor, and […]

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Mercado San Miguel Madrid

San Miguel Market

From the Arch of Cuchilleros, we’ll walk along the Cava de San Miguel, and a few meters away, through mesons, de la tortilla, de la guitarra, and others, we find the Mercado San Miguel. The San Miguel Market, is located in the plaza of the same name, next to the Plaza Mayor of Madrid. It […]

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