a memorable place I come often as my mother took me here often, and did my mischiavious work around the statues of Don Quijote. Every chance I have I go here when in town, luckily this is often.
The square of Spain or Plaza de Espana, continous the axis of the Gran Via ,Calle Princesa .Until hortly before the construction of the Gran Via this plaza was alled Plaza de San Marcial. Stand out in her, height, two buildings on this square: La Torre de Madrid (1957) and the building Spain (1953), as well as an exponent of Madrid modernism: Gallardo House and the headquarters of the Ministry of culture in the building of the company Asturiana de Minas.
With 36 900 square meters, it is one of the largest squares in Spain. The space occupied by the Plaza is surrounded by some of the highest buildings in the Spanish capital. One of them is the Torre de Madrid. Built between 1954 and 1957, its height reaches 142 meters, still visible, for example, from the Royal Palace.
The Torre de Madrid was for some years the world highest concrete building, and up to the end of the Tower of telecommunications Torrespaña (1982), the tallest building in Spain. In addition, the tallest building in Europe until 1967.The prolongation of the Gran Via until the calle Princesa occupies the front of the square, characterized by its silhouette stepped in four heights. It was built in 1953 and is the eighth tallest city buildings. It has up to 25 plants and 117 meters.
One of the best-known buildings in Spain square is Casa Gallardo, one of the few examples of modernist architecture in Madrid. In the opposite corner is located, the building of Real companiaAsturiana de Minas, an architectural complex of great beauty which today houses the Consejería de Cultura of the community of Madrid. Built between 1891 and 1899.
The Plaza de Espana with good crossroads, has many attractions around it. Beginning with calle Princesawe find the Palace of Liria, architectural complex that belongs to the House of Alba and has some beautiful gardens. Near there, in calle Bailén, is located the Museo Cerralbo. A few meters from the Museum, one of the must-see is the Temple of Debod, a funerary monument of Egyptian origin who moved to Madrid in 1970. They are also of great interest the popular Gran Via, the building of the Senate of Spain or the Plaza de Oriente and the Royal Palace.
However, the main thing that keeps coming me back is the monument ,statues to Don Quijote and Sancho Pansa of great Spanish literature with the imposing statue of its Creator Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
Right in the Centre of the plaza the statue Miguel de Cervantes, a sculptural group that was carried out at the same time as the urbanization of the square itself. Around the monument, a series of spaces, gardens for the enjoyment and relaxation of pedestrians were created. Opposite the statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, located a pond rectangular shape which forms one of the most typical views of the Spanish capital, since just behind torre de Madrid and Ed Espana. Initially, the statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza were located, approximately, in what today is the center of the pond, since this was subsequently. The constructive part of the monument is made of granite, while the sculptural part it was decided to perform in red stone of Sepulveda (and some added in bronze).
Its realization was carried out on the occasion of the third centenary of the publication of the second part of Don Quixote, in 1915, and that proceededwith the centenary of the death of the writer (1547-1616), in 1916.
Facades of the East side of the square.
Figures that compose this iconic monument have, on the one hand, to a seated Cervantes and at the base of the monument, and beneath the feet of the writer, are the statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. The set was completed when added the figures of Dulcinea and Aldonza Lorenzo, also characters from the famous novel of Cervantes. Referring to the universality of Don Quixote, the monument also includes the five continents, all of them are reading the work of Cervantes. On the other side and above the sources, Spanish literature, dressed in period is represented and holding a book in his right hand.
I enjoyed the statue of Don Quixote and his sidekick, Sancho Panza, located on one side of the massive obelisk in the middle of the Plaza de España. This larger than life statue consists of Don Quixote riding his horse, Rocinante, while his friend rides along beside him on his donkey. The size difference and the way the two are portrayed brought a smile to my face. And watching over both of them, seated above on the obelisk, is the author of Don Quixote, the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. On either side of the statues are stone sculptures of Adonza Lorenzo and Dulcinea del Toboso, Don Quixote’s “true love”.
The sculptures were created by Lorenzo Coullaut Valera in the late 1920s. The entire monument was not completed until the 1950s, finished by Federico Coullaut-Valera Mendigutia, the son of the Lorenzo Coullaut Valera.
In front of the sculpture grouping is a pool of water, creating a nice reflection on sunny days, and a semi-peaceful park location for visitors to enjoy in a rather busy location of Madrid. The park is surrounded by tall skyscrapers on several sides and is just down the road from the Palacio Real and its peaceful Sabatini Gardens.
Plaza De Espana is a peaceful little oasis in the heart of Madrid just off of the Gran Via. It was not far from our hotel and on the way to the Royal Palace and Madrid Cathedral.
Right smack in the middle of the plaza is a monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, who was the author of Don Quixote. The statue was designed by architects Rafael Martínez Zapatero and Pedro Muguruza and sculptor Lorenzo Coullaut Valera. It was constructed in two phases beginning in 1925 and completed in 1956. Amongst the details of the monument there is also a statue to Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza.
On the day we were there the plaza was not very crowded however there were many vendors selling food and drink.
I loved the monument to Cervantes located here. As well as a statue of Cervantes himself it consisted of statues of his main characters such as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. We were lucky to find the statue as during our visit it was obscured by a Christmas craft market. Metro: Plaza de Espana.
D Quixote de la Mancha is the central figure of this central square, and the only detail that allows me to link it to Spain.
The architecture is somewhat closer to central europe, and the place too quiet and cold to Spain.
On the centrre of Plaza de Espana stands a massive stone obelisk with a statute of Miguel Cervantes the author of Don Quixote. Below Cervantes is a statute of Don Quixote on his horse Rocinanate.
Sancho Panza is on the donkey.
Our tour bus stopped for a few minutes for this photo shoot.
This two buildings are located on Plaza Espana at the end of Gran Via street. There are the largest building in Madrid. Torre de Madrid has 142 meters of height and it was built in 1957. Nicknamed La Jirafe it was the tallest bulding in Madrid until the Torre Picasso was built in 1989. Edificio de Espana was built between 1947 and 1953 and is the most elegant of the two skyscrapers. There are 25 story towers flanked by two wings.
Square is located at the end of the Gran Via street. This beautiful plaza has a large fountain and a monument to Cervantes the great figure of Spanish literature known for writing Don Quixote. There you can also see bronze statue of Don Quixote de la Mancha on his horse and his trusty squire Sancho Panza on his mule. On this square you can found two Madrid largest buldings: the Edificio de Espana and Torre de Madrid.
Facing the Cervantes Monument you will see looming behind a large stepped building. The Espana building was built between 1947 and 1953 by the Compania Inmobiliaria Metropolitana. Prior to new modern buildings now making their mark on the skyline, the Espana building was the tallest building in Madrid. There are 5 entrances into the building and 30 lifts which access a range of offices, shops, flats and a hotel. On the top floor is a café with fabulous views of the city including the Gran Via.
A large obelisk sits in the centre of Plaza de Espana which was built in1928. Raised on a pedestal in the front is a statue of the Spain’s greatest writer, Miguel de Cervantes. He was born in 1537 in Alcala de Henares but it wasn’t until he was almost 60yrs old that he wrote the first of a two part masterpiece Don Quixote. He died in Madrid in 1616 on the same day as Shakespeare.
The Plaza de Espana is reached from the Gran Via in an area which was once known as the Prado de Leganitos. This particular area was chosen for the construction of the Cervantes Monument which is surrounded by lawns, trees and a pool, making it a very popular park for everyone.
At Plaza de Espana stood the most popular monument for camera happy trigger tourist like us.
The monument was built honouring Miguel de Cervantes who was a novelist, poet and a playwright. The famous ‘Don Quixote of La Mancha’ is a novel written by him.
The statue Cervantes is looking over his creations at the bronze statues of Don Quixote on his horse and Sancho Panza on his mule.
Plaza de Espana is popular square (park) for the Madrilènes. Apparently on a beautiful day it is filled with street vendors and sunbathing locals, but we didn’t see it, all we saw was tourist.
The square (park) is surrounded by large trees. Outside the square (park) are busy streets with tall buildings. Even though the streets are busy you hardly hear the traffics.
In the middle of the square (park) stood large monument with a statue in honorary to famous fiction writer Miguel de Cervantes. At the front of the monument is a pond and a few ducks.
There were so many young people here. Just a hip and happending spot in town. See the egyptian temples. What will madrid think of next??
There is also a wonderful view of madrid from atop here, where you can see the Royal Palace. its huge!
In between the Gran Via and the Princesa street you can find the Plaza de España, it's a lovely square with a little park and a fountain with a monument to Cervantes and Don Quijote. This square is especially nice when the weather is nice and warm... you often see people sunbathing there and enjoying some relaxing time! Also it allowes you to look at the very impressive Torre España, a very beautyful building!