Plaza Mayor

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Displaying a bronze statue of King Philip III at the center, Plaza Mayor is the heart of Madrid. This grand arcade square was built during the Habsburg period and had several names throughout history, such as Plaza del Arrabal and Plaza Real. Now it means enjoying the outdoors, shopping and going out for dinner or lunch – it is surrounded by restaurants.

The three-story buildings (downsized from five-story after a massive fire in 1790) are residential or culturally relevant and have a total of 237 balconies. It is possible to enter or exit the square from ten different points. One of the most famous buildings is the Casa of de la Panadería, whose top, in the form of an attic, displays the Spanish Coat of Arms.

The Plaza Mayor has served for many purposes: executions and bullfights, but nowadays is the stage for Christmas markets and exhibitions. Right next to the square, at Arco de Cuchilleros Street, pay a visit to Restaurante Botin, founded in 1725 and considered the oldest restaurant of the world by the Guinness Book of Records.

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Plaza Mayor 28012 Madrid