Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 358 - Plaza Mayor

One of the most popular and pretty squares in Madrid is Plaza Mayor. Since its creation, the plaza has hosted bull fights, held royal coronations and even had executions. The square today is largely used for public celebrations. It is very popular among tourists as a resting place for lunch or dinner.

At the center of the square is a bronze statue of King Philips III, constructed in 1616 by the Italian sculptors Giovanni de Bologna and his apprentice Pietro Tacca.

The square is a popular place for artisans and buskers to sell their work. It is also a fantastic place to sit back and people watch.

The most prominent building on the Plaza Mayor is the Casa de la Panaderia. Its current design with symmetric towers dates from 1790. The colorful murals were only added recently, in 1992.

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