Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain

Madrid! How I wish to see you again. I miss some things during our visit in Spain's capital city. I forgot to send messages to friends who currently live in Madrid. I should have the chance to see them. Sorry ladies, hope to visit Madrid again and see you.

My visit to this city last December 10, 2011 was one of the highlights in my travel and trips for this year. It was one of the best cities I visited in Europe. Visiting a huge city like Madrid for a day is not enough. There are just a lot of things to see and experience there. Despite of that I am still very thankful that I had a glimpse to one of the world's greatest and liveliest metropolis.

One of the sights we visited in Madrid is the Plaza Mayor. It has a rectangular shape and known to be the central plaza in this city. There is a Christmas market going on in this plaza during our visit. We had the chance to go a bit shopping for souvenirs in this area.

I guess that is all for now. I am quite sleepy after waking-up a bit early this morning. Happy holidays everyone!

More snapshots from Spain soon!

a snapshot during our visit last Dec. 10, 2011.

The Plaza Mayor is rectangular in shape, measuring 129 by 94 metres, and is surrounded by three-story residential buildings having 237 breathtaking balconies facing the Plaza. It has a total of nine entranceways. The Casa de la PanaderĂ­a, serving municipal and cultural functions, dominates the Plaza Mayor.

The Plaza Mayor has been the scene of multitudinous events: markets, bullfights, soccer games, public executions, and, during the Spanish Inquisition, "autos de fe" against supposed heretics and the executions of those condemned to death. The Plaza Mayor also has a ring of old and traditional shops and cafes under its porticoes. Celebrations for San Isidro, patron saint of Madrid, are also held here. The Plaza Mayor is now a major tourist attraction, visited by thousands of tourists a year.

1 comment:

covnitkepr1 said...

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