I was in Madrid from February 23 to March 02, 2022. I immortalized hundreds of photos for you, my dear friends and visitors. I will publish them in articles for 6 days. I hope you like them.
The Plaza de Mayor is a square that represents the heart of historic Madrid.
At the end of the 15th century, when King Philip II installed the court in Madrid, the Plaza Mayor was built on the site of the old Plaza del Arrabal, where the busiest market in the city was held. Since 1617, the square has hosted, over the centuries, popular festivals, bullfights, beatifications, coronations and fires.
The fires changed the appearance of the square on several occasions, which justified reconstructions (especially in 1790)
Among the buildings that surround the square, the Casa de la Panadería (famous for the murals by Carlos Franco) was built around 1590, but it served as a model for the other buildings in the square. Among the many functions it has assumed, we can mention in particular that of the main bakery of the city, royal residence, and seat of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando and the Academy of History, it is currently the headquarters of the Madrid Tourist Board.
In the middle of the square The statue of Philip III, designed by Juan de Bolonia and completed by Pietro Tacca in 1616, guarded the entrance to the Casa de Campo, before Queen Isabella II ceded it in 1848 to the city which decided de install it in the middle of the Plaza Mayor.
Source of all photos: ALOZADE Ahmed ( paintdigi.com)