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Guided Walking Tour of Historical Madrid
"First you will visit the “Madrid de los Austrias” (Royal Habsburgs) the Plaza Mayor and cross the Arc of Cutlers which is one of the nine ports of the Plaza Mayor. You'll continue through the ancient winding streets around and will head towards the nearby Plaza de la Villa the core of the medieval Madrid. Here we will admire some of the oldest buildings in Madrid. Such buildings as the Casa de Cisneros Lujanes
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Madrid Market and Tapas Walking Tour Including Lavapiés Visit
"Make your own way to Plaza de la Villa a picturesque square in the heart of Madrid to meet your local guide and begin your 4-hour walking tour of the city’s gastronomic highlights. Follow your guide to a nearby popular market — the perfect place to get acquainted with Madrid’s tantalizing food scene. Browse the aromatic stalls crammed with fresh produce mouthwatering cured meat and cheese and receive an introduction to Spain’s culinary delights from your guide. As you peruse
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Madrid by Night Segway Tour
"Compelling by day Madrid is somehow even more so by night when the city seems to glow from lights flickering on its buildings. Handily your Madrid Night Segway Tour takes place at this ideal time ensuring you’ll capture the magic of top Madrid sights at night minus the daytime crowds and soaring midday heat.In the early evening meet your friendly guide and start with an orientation session to get familiar with your two-wheeled
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Town Square

The Plaza De La Villa (Town Square) lies just a few steps away from Mercado De San Miguel and the Huge Plaza Mayor. This public square is the former town square of which there are three important buildings in Spanish History, namely the House and Tower Lujanes (constructed in the fifteenth century in Mudejar style and where King Francis I of France was taken prisoner and is now the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences); the Casa de Cisneros (a mansion where prominent prisoners were also jailed); Casa de la Villa (former Town Hall or Casa de la Villa ayuntamiento of which it the town hall transferred to the Cibeles Palace in 2007). The Square also houses a statue of Alvaro de Bazan, the Spanish Admiral who planned the Spanish Armada. The square was built in 1645.

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Oct 04, 2016

Casa de la Villa

Constructed commenced in 1644 of the former Town Hall and finished in 1696. No longer the Town Hall, the building remains operational to this very day.

The statute in the square is in memory of Alvarode Bazan the Spanish Admiral who planned the Armada fleet to invade England.

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Feb 24, 2010

Plaza de la Villa

Madrid’s town square or Plaza de la Villa is close to the Plaza Mayor. Just a small square and yet there are some amazing architecture styles surrounding it. One of the most attractive is the pinkish Casa de la Villa which was built in 1644 and used to be the town hall until 2007.

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Sep 23, 2009

Plaza de la Villa

This beautiful building, called Casa de la Villa, housed the City Hall for more than 400 years. They moved to Plaza de Cibeles in October-November 2.007.

Would you like to know the height of Madrid above sea level? It is counted with regarding Alicante (have a look at the other pic). Where is it? Have the Casa de la Villa (old City Hall) behind you, then, it's on the wall of the building on your right, so, opposite Calle Mayor.

The statue in the middle of the square is dedicated to Don Alvaro de Bazán, who was a spanish admiral.

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Plaza de la Villa

The Plaza de la Villa (Town Square) is a picturesque small square in the heart of Madrid, not far from the much larger Plaza Mayor. In contrary to the latter, the buildings at the Plaza de la Villa all have contrasting styles.

Around the Plaza you can find the Torre de los Lujanes and Casa de la Villa

You can also find Casa de Cisneros, which is a castle built in 1537 by Benito Jimenez de Cisneros, a nephew of Cardinal Cisneros. The castle was built in the plasteresque style, a Spanish version of early Renaissance style. You reach the caste throug an arch in the back of the Plaza.

At the center of the square is a statue of Alvaro de Bazan, the Spanish Admiral who planned the Armada, the fleet that attempted to invade England. The statue designed by Mariano Benlliure was added to the square in 1980.

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Jan 30, 2007

Plaza de la Villa

Thos little square is having a very intimate atmosphere. There are very old buildings surrounding this plaza such as the Torre de los Lujanos, a gotic/ mudejar style building which has served as a prison. You can slos see the casa Cisneros, which is connected by a foodbridge to the townhall, a building designed by the same architect who build plaza mayor.

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Apr 07, 2006

Plaza de la Villa

It's surprising to find such a quiet spot in Madrid. With a huge flower bed adorning the center, the Plaza de la Villa is a relaxing site for the visitor. It's surrounded by 15th to 17th-century aristocratic mansions that have been taken over by the Town Hall. The Torre de los Lujanes, on the east side of the Plaza is a fifteenth century building and the oldest surviving building in the Plaza. King Francis I of France was held prisoner in this tower following the Battle of Pavia in 1525. The building to the right of the tower with a Mudejar doorway is the Hemeroteca Municipal, which contains more than 70,000 volumes of newspapers printed in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The next oldest building, located on the south end, is the Plateresque Casa de Cisneros which was built by a nephew of Cardinal Cisneros in the sixteenth century and is named after him rather than his Uncle. This site used to be an Arabian marketplace but no longer resembles one. The Town Hall on the west side of the Plaza is joined to this building by a floating passageway forming a bridge which can be seen on your right if standing facing the Casa de Cisneros

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smschley
Aug 16, 2004

Plaza de la Villa

This nice and quiet spot is surrounded by 15th to 17th-century elegant mansions where the Town Hall resides today. Take a look a the Lujanes tower, built with a mix of stones and bricks, which is one of the oldest buildings in Madrid. In the middle of the square there is the statue of Alvaro de Bazan, commander of the Spanish Armada. Visit this square on your way from Plaza Mayor to the Royal Palace area.

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Plaza de la Villa

Much is made of the old buildings in the Plaza de la Villa. They are said to be some of the oldest non-religious buildings in Madrid.

It is worth wandering along from the Plaza Mayor to see these, as the the streets will take you past the attractive Mercado de San Miguel, which is in a 19thC building with wrought iron columns.

The buildings in the Plaza de la Villa itself are the 15thC Torre de los Lujanes and the Casa de Cisneros, built in 1537, which links to the town hall.

Having seen it in the heat of the day revisit it at night when I think it looks even better!

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Aug 30, 2003

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Puerta De Toledo

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Fuente de Cibeles

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