Plaza de España

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7 Plaza de España, Madrid, Spain
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Plaza de España - Bronze statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza
Plaza de España - Plaza de España. Monumento a Cervantes - Cervantes Monument. In back is the Edificio España.
Plaza de España - Plaza de España. Monumento a Cervantes - Cervantes Monument. In back is the Edificio España.
Plaza de España - Real Compañía Asturiana de Minas (1891-1899) on the east side of Plaza de España
Plaza de España - Real Compañía Asturiana de Minas (1891-1899) on the east side of Plaza de España

Plaza de España Madrid Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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A place to see Don Quixote Sep 29, 2013
The Plaza de España is a large rectangular park to the northwest of Madrid's historic core. The Monumento a Cervantes is the focal point of the plaza.

The park was planned in 1911 and built on the site of the expansive Cuartel de San Gil barracks. Around the Plaza de España are numerous 20th century commercial buildings attesting to the city's desire to develop the area as a new downtown core. The Edificio España, Madrid's first highrise, was built in 1953 followed by the taller Torre de Madrid in 1957. The attractive Real Compañía Asturiana de Minas building, an 1890s combination of Second Empire and Queen Anne styles, is on the opposite side of the plaza. Unfortunately, as imposing as they are, most of the buildings surrounding the plaza are currently vacant, awaiting new tenants and redevelopment as residential buildings. (New commercial development is taking place in AZCA, to the north of downtown.)

I think most visitors will want to come here to see the Monumento a Cervantes. I really enjoyed it and it brought to mind my reading of Don Quixote. Rafaél Martínez Zapatero and Lorenzo Coullaut-Valera designed the Cervantes Monument in 1915, but construction did not begin until 1928. It was completed in 1957. (The monument was planned as a commemoration of the 300th anniversary of Cervantes' death in 1616.) Miguel de Cervantes sits on the monument with bronze figures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza out in font. They are flanked by Don Quixote's visions of Dulcinea and Aldonza.

Plaza de España is easily reached via the Gran Vía from central Madrid. To the south of the Plaza is the Royal Palace and its gardens.
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Pearl510 Pearl510
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Jul 10, 2007
Plaza España is one of the largest open squares in Madrid. It is surrounded by many wonderful buildings like the Torre de Madrid and the Edificio de España, both designed by Otamendi. The square exists since the early fifties and is a popular attraction ever since.

Most important here is the large monument, dedicated to Miquel de Cervantes, writer of Don Quijote. You'll see statues of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza, and of Cervantes himself.

The square is nice to hang around, with much shade and beautiful architecture to admire. Of course, the monument itself is an important sight in Madrid, that you really can't miss.
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Posted on: Sep 26, 2008

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