Casa Cisneros

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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 • 5 min walk
  • La Latina • 6 min walk

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Malgorzata
10,295 contributions
A wonderful, effective building
Aug 2020
It is one of the most emblematic buildings in Madrid. This impressive mansion was built in 1537 by the nephew of the famous Cardinal Cisneros, Benito Jimenez de Cisneros. The facade of the Plaza de la Villa was renovated around 1909, when Madrid acquired the ownership of the property. This palace served as a prison for the controversial Spanish royal secretary, Philip II, Antonio Perez. Also, here Count Romanones was born. Historic site in Madrid not to be missed.
Written July 12, 2021
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK607,467 contributions
Stunning.
Sep 2019 • Friends
Love the architecture in Madrid, although not as famous as some of the other stunning plaza's in Madrid such as Plaza Mayor, Plaza De La Isabel II, Plaza De Oriente, Plaza De La Villa holds some fantastic buildings such as Casa De La Villa,Casa Y Torre De Los Lujanes and Casa Cisneros ,this is one of the most beautiful buildings in the square, built in 1537 ,the style of architecture known as Plateresque which combines touches of Gothic, Mudaméjar and Renaissance is a style of architecture only found in Spain,very beautiful, very photogenic, my twin brother Stephen and I were wandering along Calle Mayor taking a good look at the architecture and pub and bar hopping along this famous street and a visit to Plaza De La Villa was always on the cards,stunning architecture all around and to me Casa Cisneros is the most eye catching building in this square.
Most definitely well worth checking out if your planning a holiday to Madrid.
Written September 4, 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia29,372 contributions
A palace
Nov 2018 • Couples
Casa Cisneros is not just a house; it is a lot more than that, or at least it used to be. It dates to the early 16th century. It was meant for some very wealthy family, of course, and no expense was spared to make it look and feel like a real palace. It has been built in a very elaborate style, inside as well as on the outside. Its facade, particularly on calle Sacramento was the original main entrance. This explains why it is extremely elaborate and is today regarded as having significant historical and artistic value. Apparently this palace served at one time as a "prison" for the royal secretary to King Philip II of Spain. How "imprisoned" that fellow would have felt in this palace is anybody's wild guess! This palace is located in the Plaza de la Villa which is a lovely area with a number of equally stunning "houses". This area is close to other popular sites, such as Plaza Mayor, Mercado de san Miguel, and many others. Worth checking out.
Written July 10, 2019
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland19,432 contributions
Medieval building
Apr 2018 • Couples
This palace was built in 1537 by the nephew of the famous Cardinal Cisneros. It is located on the Plaza de la Villa.

In 1909 the building was purchased by the City to integrate it into the offices of the Casa de la Villa, which was used as both prison and Town Hall.

In 2007 the City's administration was moved to the Palacio de Cibeles.
Written May 3, 2018
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Nomadman411978
London, UK3,169 contributions
Fine old building
Nov 2017 • Solo
Casa Cisneros is a fine old medieval building in Plaza Villa; one of several which makes this square one of the most interesting in the city. Solid having stood the test of time.
Written November 26, 2017
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sheepygold
london4,674 contributions
Indeed a lovely square and building
Mar 2017 • Couples
Like the previous reviewer my wife and I did the same stroll towards the Real Palace and stopped here to take photos of the square and building behind. There were some lovely flower displays but armed guards around so this building may have some kind of official capacity?
Written March 13, 2017
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tRAVellerOfTheW0rld
Almere, The Netherlands1,752 contributions
One of the oldest buildings in Madrid
May 2014 • Couples
Walking through Calle Mayor from Plaza Mayor towards the Royal Palace, you pass Plaza de la villa on your left hand side. We found it worthwhile to enter the plaza, where we admired some of the oldest buildings of Madrid. One of these beautiful buildings is Casa Cisnero. It is built in 1537 by Benito Jiménez de Cisneros, the nephew of Cardinal Cisneros. He named the house in honour of the Carndinal, who founded the University of Alcalá. The front of Casa de Cisneros is in beautiful Plateresque decorative design. Plata means silver in Spanish and is a style from the late Gothic period of Castile. This is what makes Casa de Cisneros almost unique in Madrid. Around 1590 the house was used as a prison by King Philip II and later it was occupied by famous statesman. When the city of Madrid acquired ownership at the beginning of the 20th century, the house was integrated in the adjacent Casa de la Villa, which is the former old town hall. At that time the architects Bellido and Gonzalez restored the building and connected it to the Casa de la Villa by creating an arched passageway.

Also take a look at the fine statue of Álvaro de Bazán standing on a white pedestal in the middle of of Plaza de la Villa, surrounded by a wonderful arranged flower bed.
Written October 12, 2014
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