Gran Via, Madrid

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    The street that never sleeps!

    by Jefie Updated May 17, 2008

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    In my opinion, the entire city of Madrid runs on very little sleep, but perhaps it is even more obvious along Gran Via, one of its most famous streets. With its hundreds of shops, restaurants, theatres and hotels, Gran Via's sidewalks are always full of people day and night, which gives it the atmosphere of a small Broadway street. The architecture of Gran Via is also strikingly different from that of the old city, thanks to the fact that most buildings date back to the same turn of the 20th century period (over 300 buildings were destroyed to make way for Gran Via).

    The street begins at the corner of Calle de Alcala and ends at the Plaza de España, where you'll find a nice little park with a gigantic monument to Cervantes. Although Gran Via can be divided into three main sections, two main architerctural styles stand out in my opinion: starting at the corner of Calle de Alcala, it is easy to see that the first portion of the street was clearly inspired by 19th century Parisian architecture. In fact, French architects Jules and Raymond Fevrier designed the famous Metropolis building which sits at the very beginning of the street. But as you move towards Plaza de España, you can see that the style of the buildings gradually became influenced by the Chicago school of American architecture, giving way to the city's first high-rise buildings. No doubt you'll look like a tourist, but once you're done shopping, it's worth walking around and looking up to see all the beautiful architectural details that grace the buildings located all along Gran Via.

    Gran Via, in Madrid The Metropolis building on Gran Via, Madrid Monument to Cervantes, Plaza de Espa��a Statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza View of the Plaza de Espa��a from Gran Via
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    Explore the popular Gran Via District

    by scottishvisitor Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    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.

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    Gran Via

    by ruki Written Oct 19, 2009

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    This famous street is located from Calle de Alcala (near Plaza de Cibeles) to Plaza de Espana. It is lively street full of shops, hotels, banks and large movie theaters. When you walk Gran Via, make sure you look up once in a while and admire the often decorated grand buildings. Because Gran Via many old buildings in the center are demolished. Today you can found one of the most famous buildings in this street such as Edificio Telefonica, Edificio Metropolis, Edificio de Espana, Torre de Madrid...

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    Gran Via street

    by JuanGaitan Written Jan 13, 2006

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    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

    Gran Via metro station
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    by ger4444 Written Apr 7, 2006

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    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!

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    A "Great Street"

    by Urzu Updated Jan 12, 2008

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    One of the main and busiest streets in Madrid is the Gran Via. It's in the central area from Madrid, and it's not difficult to find. Things you can find in the Gran Via are mainly: Shops, Cafes, Cinemas, Theatres, a few Hotels, as well as some amazing architecture! As you walk up (or down) the Gran Via make sure you pay attention to the amazing buildings on the sides. This street is most days of the year packed with people, especially around the Callao area.

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    Calle Gran Via, Madrid

    by Danalia Written Jan 8, 2011

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    Calle Gran Via is the St. I most love the in Madrid. (I believe also in the whole world )
    While living in Spain I used sometimes to take a train early in the morning from the south of Spain, just to spend the whole day in the Gran Via St.
    Even though I didn't got the chance to go there in the last year, still, it remain my favorite St.

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    Caminar Gran via

    by MeZuGa Written Aug 17, 2004

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    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...

    Gran via - Callao

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  • Gran Via (1)

    by ger4444 Written Apr 7, 2006

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    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.

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    The Broadway of Madrid

    by Gaby_G Written Oct 28, 2003

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    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...

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    Gran Via

    by Maggies Written Sep 28, 2003

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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.

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    by ger4444 Written Apr 7, 2006

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    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.)

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    Madrid's main street

    by IIGUANA Written Mar 7, 2005

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    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?

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    by ger4444 Written Apr 7, 2006

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    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

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    Gran Vía

    by MM212 Updated May 3, 2006

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    Madrid's most famous avenue, Gran Vía, is an amazing showcase of Belle Epoque and Art Déco architecture. It was sliced through old Madrid in the early 20th century to create a grand avenue for the capital of Spain, thus giving way for the architects of the time to design sumptuous buildings along the sides of the Avenue. The result is a mesmerising collection of highly ornate buildings with striking Belle Epoque and Art Déco features. Famous buildings along Gran Vía include Edificio Grassy and Edificio Metrópolis, among many others. Today, Gran Vía is a busy avenue by day or night and is lined with theatres, hotels, cafés and restaurants.

    Gran V��a by night (Nov 2007) Edificio Grassy & Gran V��a (Apr 2006) Gran V��a Architecture along Gran V��a
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