Plaza de Espana - details and images

Situated near the Palacio Real, the market was busy before a barracks. After being demolished, was created this public square. He became a popular meeting place in 1950 after two of the largest buildings were constructed of Madrid: Edificio Torre de Espana and Madrid. Both buildings were built by developers and were designed Metropolitana Otamendi brothers.

Edificio de Espana was built between 1947 and 1953 and is the most elegant of the two skyscrapers. It consists of a central tower, 25 storeys high, flanked by two wings. Torre de Madrid was built in 1957. At that time was the tallest concrete building in the world with a height of 142 meters. Nickname Jurafe (giraffe), was the tallest building in Madrid until 1989, when Torre Picasso was high.

The most important objective of the Plaza de Espana is closed monument to the memory of Miguel de Cervantes, author of the story of Don Quixote de la Mancha and loyal companion Sancho Panza, the story known all over the world. Tourists crowd to shoot the bronze statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Behind them is a tattoo of Cervantes who watches over his creations.

Transportation - Plaza de Espana metro station (M2, M3, M10).

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