Discover all about Madrid’s cultural history with the Free Walking Tour Madrid. You will see places like Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, etc. You will definitely love all these places with a great local guide companion. Book your free in a Hispanic free walking tour in Madrid, the reservation is free!
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What are we going to see in this Free Walking Tour of Madrid?
Madrid’s Plaza Mayor is one of the city’s most iconic spots, along with the Puerta del Sol, the Cibeles Fountain or the Puerta de Alcalá. This is why it constitutes step 10 of the Route What to See in Madrid in 10 steps. If you are visiting Madrid, you must stop to see this large portico square. Declared a Well of Cultural Interest, its origin dates back to the time when the city, by the decision of Philip II, became the capital of Spain. Between 2017 and 2019, the 400 years of the square was celebrated. In the Plaza Mayor of Madrid, you will see the Casa de la Panaderia, the statue of Philip III, the Arco de Cuchileros, etc.
The cathedral is located in central Madrid, next to the Royal Palace and a few meters from the Royal Theater. The construction of the cathedral of Madri began on April 4, 1883, when King Alfonso XII laid the first stone. The project promoter and the architect was Francisco de Cubas. The interior of La Almudena surprises us with its completely different details from other cathedrals.
In the 15 century, Puerta del Sol was one of the accesses to Madrid. He looked to the east toward the sunrise, and his how was adorned with the figure of a sun, and named after it. In the 16th century, an open-air street market operated outside, and continuing until now, with some modifications in the 19 century. Puerta del Sol is, next to Plaza Mayor and Plaza Cibeles, one of the most famous and important in central Madrid and Spain..
The Congress Palace
The Palace of the Spanish Courts, in the Plaza de las Cortes, was built on the site of the former convent of the Holy Spirit that, was already vacated by the friars, was used as the seat of Congress between 1834 and 1841, within a path that until then it had been itinerant. The contest that was called to set up the current construction was failed in favour of the architect Narciso Pascual y Colomer, which culminated the works in 1850. On the main facade, a staircase ascends to the neoclassical porch, with six imposing striated columns, of the Corinthian order, on which the triangular pediment decorated with reliefs of Ponciano Ponzano rises. The emblematic lions that flank the entrance are the work of the same sculptor and were cast with the iron of the cannons captured during the war in Africa. Among the rooms of the building, symmetrical, stands out the well-known Session room, but also the library or the Conference room. Portraits, tapestries and valuable furniture decorate the headquarters of the Spanish parliament, which in recent decades has undergone several extensions through its connection with annexed buildings.
Neighborhood of the Letters
The neighbourhood of museums of illustrious writers, coffee library’s and literary theatres adorn the streets, squares of this central neighbourhood. The Barrio de las Letras was named after the great writers, who inhabited its streets in the Golden Age. The Cervantes, Quevedo or Lope de Vega walked through this area between Paseo del Prado and Plaza de Santa Ana, one of the most popular in Madrid for the charm of its pedestrian streets and the many shops and restaurants that make it especially lively on weekends.
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