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Plaza Mayor square

  • Plaza Mayor square. Madrid © Turespaña

    Plaza Mayor square. Madrid © Turespaña

  

Category

Square

Date

Siglo XVII

Style

Baroque
Plaza Mayor s/n
28012 Madrid
Madrid
Madrid

Plaza Mayor is a symbol of Madrid and must not be missed. Building work began on this huge open area in the city centre in the 17th Century under the orders of Felipe III, whose bronze equestrian statue adorns the square. It was opened in 1620 and is rectangular in shape, with arcades running around the edges. This site used to be the venue for many public events, such as bullfights, processions, festivals, theatre performances, Inquisition trials and even capital executions. Underneath the arcades there are traditional shops, as well as a wealth of bars and restaurants. In the square a number buildings stand out, such as Casa de la Panadería, with its fresco-decorated façade, and Casa de la Carnicería.

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Musical: The Lion King © Stage Entertainment España

Oct 21, 2011 to Dec 3, 2017

Show

Teatro Lope de Vega - Madrid
Musical: The Lion King

Annual display at the Show Technology Centre. Madrid © INAEM. Ministerio Cultura

Sep 1, 2016 to Apr 30, 2018

Course

Madrid
Advanced Diploma courses in Live Performance

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Mar 24, 2017 to Oct 22, 2017

Exhibition

National Museum of Decorative Arts - Madrid
Exhibition: The story of Novelas y Cuentos. Covers by Manolo Prieto

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May 13, 2017 to Dec 12, 2017

Lecture, Seminar

Reina Sofía National Art Museum - Madrid
Lecture series: 'Becoming Guernica. Readings on War, Exile and Iconoclasm'

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