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 Panadería, 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.