One of Madrid's landmark buildings, Edificio Metrópolis was built in the early 1900s by French architects for a Spanish insurance company. In the '70s, the building was sold to another insurance company "Metrópolis" and has since gained its current name. The building's monumental architecture is remarkable and worthy of admiration.
Making 4 items out of Gran Via means that i really like this place. The street is magnifant and you get pain in your neck when looking all the time up to the tops of the buildings. Espacuially at night you should walk Gran Via the buidlings are lighted up and it feels like a fary tale walking along them. Just stroll aloing the street and experience its atmosphere, the people walking by and the night lights...its wonderfull!
The plaza del Callao, just in the middle of Gran Via can me called the wallhalla of cinema life in Madrid. the cinema's you d find there are the Art deco Cine Caloa, Rex and Capitoil. There are more but thesae ones are amongst the popular ones, serving art-house movies upto mass public hollywood ones. In the Capitol building the hughe capitol cinema is situated, depicting it films in hughe billboards at the outsiede. This art-deco building stems from the 1930's and is the striking feature of Calloa
Gran via has many shops, thaeters, cinemas and restaurants. Walking down Gran Via you see some outstanding piecesof Modernity architecture. the following ones should not be missed. 1. Edificio al Estrella (on eof the first buldings build as ecclectisism with a touch of neo-classism) 2. La gran Pena (in it is a men-club situated, Franco also wanted to become a member of the club which was a cause for much exitemen) 3. Museo Chicot. (art-deco building now huosing a cocktail bar, very poular amongst celebrities like Sinatra and Dali) 4. Edifificio Grassy ( named after the jewelry shop situated at ground floor, specialized in watches. this builkding is one of the most strking ones. it also contains a museum that exibites very rare watches that have belonged to royalties all over Europe). 5. Telefonica (my favourite oin. its a building in 30's Manhattan style, the tower is 80 meters high and its a striking feature of Madrid. It contains nowadays exibitions and there is a permanent exibition on artefacts dealing with telecommunications.)
defenitely my favourite! As in the 1850's Madrid devellopped to become a big city it was necessarily to expand. Modernite archtects of Spain got the dedication to experiment with city planning acording to their Fench neighboars in Paris. (the Hausmanization project that teared down the whole inner city in favour of grand avanues) So the Gran Via became into being. Gran via had just like ijn Paris, to be the symbol of a modernit? Madrid. Allthough the plans for Gran Via were already send to the Ayuntamiento as early as 1860, the Gran Via project got its approval by the city coucil in the beginning of the 20 th century. The gran via consisting 3 parts: the street between Plaza Espana to Callao, (which is of lest interrest) the Plza Callao, and the Calle de Alca, which contains some very beuatifull pieces of Modernity architecture. Nowadays Gran via is a crowded avanue with shops restaurants and offices. Its the main road of the town connecting Plaza Espana to Plaza de Cibelis.
Gran Via District is a popular place to stroll around taking in the fine architecture & history There are many places to stop for a drink & watch the world go by. Gran Via is the city's theatre district hosting some fine World Class Performances.
One of Madrid's most famous Avenues is a bustling traffic filled street that probably has just as many people walking on it in the day as at night. The avenue is lined with splendid 19 and 20th century buildings and full of shops, cafes, tourists, and large cinema houses. On your trip to Madrid you will definately visit the Gran Via!
Gran ViaThe sidewalks all around Madrid are friendly for those who want to enjoy the daily life in the streets.
Musicians, singers, dancers and all kind of activities are happening all the time, but in a safe way.
Walking, bus or metro, the feeling is the same. Safety everywhere
The road Avenida de Jose Antonio, better known as Gran Via, is one of the main roads in the citycenter. It's a large and busy street full with shops, cinema's theatres and cars. And not to forget a lot of beautifull buildings.
Just like the rest of Madrid, this street is just as crowded at day as it is at night.
The Gran Via is Madrid's main street. It's the central nervous system of this impressive city. Walking along this street is quite nice. You'll always find a nice store, a good restaurant, a nice cafe... or maybe stop and contemplate the wonderful façades of the buildings around it.
The Gran Via is to Madrid what Champs-Elysees is to Paris. Need to say more?
Es una hermosa avenida donde se encuentra, una gran variedad de bares, tiendas, cines, teatros, y pequeñas calles...
It is a beautiful avenue where he/she is, a great variety of bars, stores, cinemas, theaters, and small streets...
Fuencarral, una calle de locura... Aqui se hospedan los locales de tutuajes, ropa informal, y toda la juventud.
Fuencarral, a street of madness... Here the tatoo local, informal clothes, and the whole youth stay.
Gran Vía is one of the main avenues in Madrid. It's a very commercial street with plenty of stores, hotels, restaurants and nightlife. Most of Madrid's largest movie theaters are there too. Some of the buildings are incredible pieces of architecture so keep you head up and look at those cupulas and facades.
Someone told me that Gran Via was to Madrid, what Broadway to New York... Gran Via it´s a long and very busy street, it have theatres, stores and restaurants... And lots of people and tourist taking pictures... Also the buildings are beautyfull and you will be amazed by this street... Go and enjoy...
This building was built in 1911 for the insurance company Union y el Fenix, which sold it to Metropolis in the 70ties. The inspiration for the architects Jules and Raymond Fevrier was the architecture of Paris.