Alcalá Street, the longest of Madrid

Alcalá Street, the longest of Madrid

This picture above, is the beginning of Alcalá Street, close to Puerta del Sol. To the right of the picture, is what was known to be the building of Banesto, Spanish Bank of Credit, and to the left, the Casino de Madrid. On the block where we have the Banesto building, a large shopping complex is being built.

The Alcalá Street is since 1992, the longest of the city of Madrid, with its 720 numbers, and 10.2 Kilometers. It extends from this point shown on the photo, to the northeast of the city.

Plaza de La Cibeles, vista hacia el Oeste, hacia calle Alcalá y Gran Vía.
Plaza de La Cibeles, vista hacia el Oeste, hacia calle Alcalá y Gran Vía.

Along this street, there are many of the most important monuments and landmarks of Madrid, such as La Cibeles fountain, Puerta de Alcalá (Alcala Gate), next to the Retiro Park, Madrid’s Bullring, among others.

In the Madrid of the Habsburgs, this street may have been built as an extension of Calle Mayor, that will configure the main route to Alcalá de Henares city, and further on, going to Aragon province, reason why it was also called Camino de Aragon (Road to Aragon).

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