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Gran Via is one of the main big streets in the city. It was set in the middle of XIXth century and was supposed to be the symbol of modern Madrid. Without any doubt it still holds this title. Most of the buildings along the way were built in the beginning of XXth century and they are really amazing, the best examples of XX century architecture in the city. Gran Via made a really big impression on me.
A long street
Much is written in guidebooks about this street and the three phases of building that created it. To be frank, it rather passed me by. It was good in details, but I was left with no overall feel of greatness about the place. That may be me, for a number of guides make much of it.
It isn't always easy to look up at architectural details in a busy street - beware hurrying pasers-by!
Just at the corner of Calle de Alcalá and Gran Vía is situated this magnificent building, built at early 20th century by French architects. An Insurance Company has its headquartesrs here.
En la esquina de la Calle de Alcalá y la Gran Vía se encuentra este magnífico edificio, construido a comienzos del siglo XX por arquitectos franceses. Una compañía de seguros tiene su sede central en él.
Stroll along the famous Gran Via, which is one of the main arteries of Madrid. Until the 60´s it was the splendid street for shops and the heart of the nightlife. Nowadays it is is a site for cinemas, middle class hotels and amusement centres. Many buildings with its ornate facades and structures are still worth seeing (e.g. Telefonica- and Metropolis building).
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Madrid's busiest commercial street is full of shops, restaurants, honking cars and interesting buildings. The architecture may surprise you. Don't expect the traditional Spanish buildings that you'll find in Sevilla. Instead, Gran Via is full of enormous, solid looking buildings similar to those you would see in Paris. This is the Metropolis building located where Gran Via merges with Calle de Alcala.
Gran Via is Times Square of Madrid
One of the most important streets in Madrid is Gran Via. Just take a walk on this street and enjoy window shopping and the great architecture of the city.
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This is the most famous building on Gran Via avenue, actually on the corner of calle Alcala, and, as most other buildings in the area is a bank. It was completed in 1911.
LA GRAN VIA FOUNTAIN
La Gran Via is a long street in the middle of Madrid where it is ideal for a shopping,dining or just people watching.
one can walk along the Granvia street..Sol,Banco de espana..where one can see lot of fine old building...Its ideal spanish place..
when u walk on Grand Via street, don't miss to look up, a lot of interesting things are on top of the buildings, like this statue...
for big-kids, like my husband :)
we found this place between Plaza de Espana and Plaza de Callao (this way on the right), it was quite hard to get my husband out of there :))
This 81 meter high building was the first skyscraper in Madrid. Is was built in 1929 for telecommunication company Telefonica - the strongest company in this business today.
It was constructed in three stages over nearly half a century in order to link the two new districts of Arguelles and Salamanca.
Long Main Street of Madrid with Historical buildings, restaurants and shops. On the picture is Telefonica building, which was the first skyscraper in the city
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