Casa de la Villa

Casa de la Villa, Madrid: Address, Casa de la Villa Reviews: 4.5/5

Casa de la Villa
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
The area
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Neighborhood: Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
How to get there
  • Ópera • 4 min walk
  • La Latina • 7 min walk
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Malgorzata
10,676 contributions
Aug 2020
Gorgeous, beautiful and historic building. The Casa de la Villa is the former city hall of Madrid, the largest and most impressive of the historic buildings on Plaza de la Villa. Despite the different opinions, it is considered that its construction began around 1645, based on a project by the architect Juan Gomez de Mora, and that it was completed in 1693. It has a special charm, both the building itself and the Plaza de la Villa. It is worth visiting, as is the beautiful Plaza de la Villa and the picturesque and charming streets and squares in its surroundings, the heart and soul of the oldest Madrid.
Written July 11, 2021
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria16,705 contributions
May 2021
Beautiful building, one of the oldest preserved in Madrid. It was a municipal building and a prison. It is now located in a very nice small square, near the royal palace.
Written May 13, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom5,152 contributions
Feb 2020
If you have several days in Madrid and have time to explore beyond the main tourist sights, then this is an interesting diversion. It’s just 5 min walk from Plaza Mayor. You might not go out of your way for this building on its own but it is one of 3 historic buildings in the small Plaza de la Villa. The Convent of Carboneras Corpus Christi (where the nuns still make and sell traditional biscuits) is also just around the corner. Altogether, there is enough to make it a worthwhile stop if you are in the area.

Casa de la Villa is the grandest looking building in the plaza. It’s the one with the flags and was the old city hall and seat of government for over 300 years, from the 1690s until 2007. Before this, council meetings had just been gatherings at the church or in the homes of Council members so the new building would have made everything a lot more formal.

There are a couple of points of interest:

i) City Coat of Arms – these sit above the door. On the left we recognised the bear and the strawberry tree. This is the one that Madrid has stuck with as a national symbol (there is a 4m statue of it in Puerta del Sol). The crest on the right is an ancient symbol of a winged dragon which is no longer part of Madrid’s crest.

ii) Two Doorways – this struck us as odd at first but the separate entrances are there because for a long time the building was part council and part city jail. About 200 men and women were imprisoned here, crammed into communal wards. You can definitely imagine that council members would not want to share a doorway with prisoners.
Written November 26, 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,420 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Casa De La Villa is the standout building in Plaza De La Villa ,the old Town Hall and surprisingly a prison ,constructed between 1645 and 1696 with the columns added in 1789 ,a beautiful building constructed in granite ,it is the standout structure in this square, one of the focal points of the building is the coat of arms of Madrid, a stunning piece of stone work ,my twin brother Stephen and I were wandering along Calle Mayor taking in the great architecture of this area and pub and bar hopping and it was great dropping into Plaza De La Villa to check out this most beautiful of plaza's with it's very interesting architecture.
Well worth checking out if your in the area or planning a holiday to Madrid.
Written September 4, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
The Casa de la Villa is the former city hall of Madrid, the largest and most impressive of the historic buildings on Plaza de la Villa. It's built in a mix of Neo-Gothic, Neo-Mudejar and Neo-Classical . Sadly I've read that it's reserved exclusively to the seat of the Municipal Plenary, so not really open to the public. If you walk to the back of the plaza, there's a cute little bridge that connects another building, Casa de Cisneros to Casa de la Villa.
Written August 3, 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia36,102 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Casa de la Villa has lots of history behind it. It is several centuries old but it looks pretty good for its age! The architecture is fantastic. It was the Town Hall for most of its life until recent years. We passed by a couple of times but did not go in. It is close to Mercado de San Miguel, the Royal Palace, the Cathedral de la Almudena and other sites. Worth checking out.
Written July 8, 2019
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Nomadman411978
London, UK3,169 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
Casa de la Villa is a very striking building situated in one of the city's best squares which is named after the Casa.
Written December 6, 2017
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