Madrid is a city with a long history, but modern and lively, a city where it is impossible to get bored. There are many treasures that the capital of Spain hides, in every corner you will find an interesting story that makes you love this city even more. Join us and discover with us the corners of Madrid that you cannot miss on your next visit.
Madrid, a city to love
Madrid has many wonderful corners, from the Plaza de Oriente with the Royal Palace and the Royal Theater building, to the Paseo Prado, an authentic cultural hub. We are going to focus, however, on other corners of Madrid that also deserve a stop.
The Temple of Debod
Madrid is a city full of surprises and this Egyptian temple is one of them. The Temple of Debod was a gift from Egypt to Spain in 1968. A token of appreciation for the collaboration given to save the temples of Nubia, threatened by the construction of the Aswan Dam.
This temple is approximately 2,200 years old and is located west of Plaza España. A curiosity: it was located keeping the orientation it had in Egypt.
The building itself has been restored and some missing parts were rebuilt. The Temple of Debod has several rooms open to the public, some of them are the Chapel of Adijalamani or the reliefs, which has been the architectural nucleus of the sanctuary; the Mammisi or the “birthplace” room; the anteroom of the Naos; the Osiriaca Chapel, the hypostyle hall and the crypts, among many others.
The door of the sun
Puerta del Sol is one of the most important and popular places in the Spanish capital. It is in this square where the so-called “kilometer zero” of the country’s radial highways has been located since 1950 and where we also find the symbol of the capital, the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree.
The square is surrounded by beautiful and old buildings, among which the Real Casa de Correos stands out, which began to be built at the end of the 18th century. Its tower stands out and above all its clock, in charge of ringing the bells on New Year’s Eve.
In fact, Puerta del Sol is the heart of Madrid, a meeting point and scene of great events, always lively, full of tourists and also locals.
Corners of Madrid with history
Plaza Mayor of Madrid
A few meters from the Puerta del Sol we find one of the most beautiful corners of Madrid: the Plaza Mayor, whose origins date back to the 16th century. This imposing square has dimensions of 129 meters long by 94 wide and has been rebuilt three times, 1631, 1670 and 1790, respectively, due to the fires that affected it.
Madrid’s Plaza Mayor is completely surrounded by beautiful old residential buildings whose 237 balconies overlook the square. It has 10 entrances, 7 of which are through other imposing arches. This square is one of the most important tourist spots in the city.
The Puerta de Alcalá
The Puerta de Alcalá is one of the five royal gates that gave access to the city of Madrid and is one of the most important icons of the Spanish capital. It was built by Sabatini in 1778 at the wish of King Carlos III, in his endeavor to undertake various works to beautify the city.
A balanced, harmonious and beautiful granite monument with its 5 arches. The gate was built next to the Retreat and on the road to Alcalá de Henares, hence its name. Today is a must for anyone visiting Madrid.
Madrid is a simply fascinating city, in every corner there is a place full of a wonderful history. Many classify this city as the ideal destination where culture, history and fun converge in one place. Discover it! Once you have gotten lost in the most beautiful corners of Madrid, you will surely want to return.