Plaza de la Villa

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Plaza de la Villa
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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The area
Neighborhood: Austrias
How to get there
  • Ópera • 2 min walk
  • Callao • 5 min walk
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria14,355 contributions
NIce small square
May 2021
Between the Royal Palace and the Plaza Mayor is nestled this small historic square. I think it was reconstructed soon and here are some of the oldest buildings in Madrid. He definitely deserves to stop by to see it.
Written May 13, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,182 contributions
Exploring Beyond the Main Tourist Sights
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. If you are walking between Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace, the plaza is in between the two and is an interesting diversion.
It is one of the oldest squares in Madrid and is surrounded by 3 historic buildings. Curiously, each of the buildings was used to imprison people for one reason or another. There is a small central garden and monumental statue and the Convent of Carboneras Corpus Christi (where the nuns still make and sell traditional biscuits) is just around the corner. Altogether, there is enough to make it a worthwhile stop if you are in the area.

The main features in the plaza are:

1. Tower of the Lujanes (1400s) is the oldest civil building in Madrid and a rare surviving example of a palace-house. There is a story that the French king was imprisoned in this tower in 1525. When he was paraded down the street as a prisoner of war, the local people (much to the annoyance of authorities) were more impressed by the finery of his fashionable clothing than they were by his capture.
2. The Casa de Cisneros (1537) is the one behind the statue with a granite arch and a main balcony overlooking the square. Originally this was the back of the house where you accessed the stables and corrals. In 1590, Phillip II’s secretary, Antonio Perez was imprisoned here under house arrest after his involvement in a messy political assassination. He fled to France in the end to escape the king.
3. Casa de la Villa (1692) is the grandest looking building with the flags and was the city hall for over 300 years, right up until 2007. It also functioned as a prison for some of that time.
4. The central 3m tall statue is Alvaro de Bazan (1888). The name was completely unfamiliar to me but in the 1500s he was legendary as Spain’s most famous admiral who didn’t lose a battle in over 50 years.
Written November 26, 2020
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SPAINDOCTOR
Madrid, Spain5,345 contributions
The oldest civil building of Madrid
Jun 2020 • Solo
Lovely small square
3 buildings are part of it torre de los lujanes. Casa de la villa and casa de palacio Cisneros
Very close to royal palace and plaza mayor
Lately protest place
Written June 30, 2020
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Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, FL6,484 contributions
Sweet little historic courtyard
Oct 2019
Just off the Calle Mayor we discovered the historic and unspoiled little Plaza de la Villa boasting the statue of Spanish noble Don Al Varo De Bazan renowned as the finest Admiral in Spanish maritime history in part because he protected the treasure ships that brought gold and silver from the New World. I later learned that Don Miguel Cervantes (Don Quixote) lost his left hand as he fought alongside Bazan in the battle of El Manco de Lepanto. Thankfully he wrote with his right hand!
Written January 14, 2020
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ulrikljungberg
Madrid, Spain90 contributions
Beatiful little square in the centre
Nov 2019
Plaza de la Villa is one of the most beautiful squares in Madrid. It’s very centrally located next to Mercado de San Miguel and more or less between Plaza Mayor and the Palace. It’s Madrid’s oldest square and the buildings surrounding it are all very nice. I like walking off it on the small little beautiful Calle del Codo.
Written December 2, 2019
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JNYCwriter
New York City, NY6,736 contributions
Historic Building
Sep 2019 • Friends
Here you will find a historic building with a statue surrounded by flowers as the centerpiece. Pleasant to walk by and enjoy the flowers.
Written September 28, 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK585,408 contributions
Old Madrid.
Sep 2019 • Friends
Plaza De La Villa is without a shadow of a doubt one of the prettiest squares in Madrid with some of the best examples of Madrid Baroque architecture ( Barroco Madrileño ) which is the perfect use of wrought iron features,exposed stone work and beautiful brick work , the former Town Hall is located here ,a beautiful 17th century building built in the beautiful Habsburg style of architecture that's so pleasing on the eye, the cool spires look so evocative, Casa De Los Lujanes ,another beautiful building on this square ,legend has it that French monarch François I was imprisoned in this beautiful Gothic building, theres also a lovely statue in this plaza ,a great looking monument to Don Alvaro De Bazán which makes for some great photographic opportunities, it's a beautiful plaza and adds to the joy of walking down Calle Mayor .
A beautiful plaza ,well worth checking out if your in the area.
Written September 4, 2019
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Tanya T.
Illinois1,296 contributions
Beautiful Plaza
Jun 2019 • Family
We happened upon the Plaza de la Villa while walking to our apartment one evening (and we saw it again the next day). It has an air of romance in the evening and is elegant in an understated way. The square is mostly quiet and didn't seem to draw a ton of people which makes it all the more attractive.
Written July 6, 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia26,397 contributions
Historical place
Oct 2018 • Couples
Plaza de la Villa is located in the heart of "old" Madrid. It is a beautiful square, lovingly preserved over time, since the medieval times. The buildings are reminiscent of those old times. The architecture is fantastic. This is a must visit place if you are anywhere near it.
Written June 22, 2019
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Marisa P
Dallas, TX986 contributions
Historical Square
May 2019 • Solo
This is one of the best preserved historical sites of Madrid. The area is from the Middle Ages, but the square is from the 15th century. The town hall of Madrid used to be in this Plaza.
Some of the buildings have a mudejar style from the 15th century.
The Plaza is only 5 minutes from Sol and 2 minutes from the cathedral.
Written May 24, 2019
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