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Madrid of the Habsburgs
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Puerta del Sol

In it you will be able to admire different buildings like the Casa de Correos (Post Office) that is the dominant element among the other buildings. It was built by Ventura Rodríguez and commissioned by Charles III in 1760. Currently, it is home to the local Council of Madrid and witnesses every year important events like the New Year’s Eve celebrations. In the square we will find important statues like the popular Oso y el Madroño (the Bear and the Strawberry Tree).

Plaza Mayor

This central square is a big arcaded square built in the 17th century and you will find the statue of Philip III. It was in this very square where the patron saint of Madrid, San Isidro, was beatified in 1621. It was also the place where Rodrigo Calderón, Philip III’s secretary was executed. Under its arcade you will find many different bars and restaurants where you will try the local delicacies. This square attracts many tourists as well as young people who come here to start their night out.

Royal Palace

It is the official residency of the King and Queen of Spain, although they don’t live in it at the moment. The last king who lived here was Alfonso XIII.

Almudena Cathedral

Building work started in 1883 and its façade integrates with the Royal Palace creating a unique effect.