Casa de la Villa
Casa de la Villa
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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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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,717 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Neil K
Liverpool, UK830,368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Neil K
Liverpool, UK830,368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Casa De La Villa is one of the standout buildings on Plaza De La Villa ,a famously beautiful square that's always a joy to visit.
Casa De La Villa was constructed between 1645-1696 with the impressive columns added in 1789,it served as the Town Hall for centuries, its most distinctive feature of the granite built structure is the evocative spire ,such a photogenic building, its most definitely well worth checking out if you're in the area and easy to locate on Plaza De La Villa.
Written October 2, 2023
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Allan C
Ipswich, UK543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This is the impressive main building in the Plaza de la Villa and was the city hall for around 300 years until the early twentieth century. Well worth a look and an explore as are many of the side streets and small squares in this older part of the city-the Asturias.
Written May 10, 2022
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,957 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK3,144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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MillanAAP
Madrid, Spain8,842 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The three strong points of this building (which justify the visit) are: a) the façade, b) the patio with the incredible stained glass that covers it and c) the plenary hall. Be sure to see the stained glass window in the patio, which is impressive (in my opinion) and the plenary hall, which is impressive. It is a shame that this last element is no longer used and you can only visit it by accessing the old spectator stand. It must be worth seeing where the councilors were placed in the past.

It is a shame that the chapel is closed for conservation reasons.

The building is not normally open to the public so you must visit it for special openings
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Written October 5, 2023
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GertJanVonk
Waalre, The Netherlands1,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
It is the oldest town hall in Madrid. Built in the 17th century and until recently used as a town hall. Now it is in use by one of the municipal services. Nice to see.
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Written September 25, 2023
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