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#2 of 376 Places To Visit in Madrid
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Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid, Spain

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Plaza Mayor is located at a strategic location, close to a number of subway stations. The closest subway station is the Opera, which is just 6 minutes walking distance from here. Madrid Atocha Railway Station is just 9 minutes walk away from this major attraction. Other prominent attractions of the city are also easily accessible from here. Madrid-Barajas Airport is at a distance of 15 km, which can be covered in 25 km in cab.

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Plaza Mayor, dating back to 1619 CE, is among the most famous of Madrid’s stately plazas. Earlier it lay outside the city’s bounds and was used to host bullfights. The three sides of this rectangular cobblestone plaza are bordered by block-long rows of three-story apartments completed in the late 18th CE. The structures are decorated with frescoes, have balconies framed with wrought-iron railings and topped with elegant slate spires. In the middle of the plaza there is a statue of Philip III on horseback, which is a major attraction. Facing the plaza is the famous Casa de la Panadería that has a tourist information center.

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