Casa de la Panaderia

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Casa de la Panaderia
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Neighborhood: Sol
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United Kingdom6,453 contributions
Feb 2020
Plaza Mayor is the most striking square and this colourful painted building catches your eye immediately. It is the oldest building in the plaza. Surprisingly, the frescoes of classical and mythical figures that cover the building are not ancient at all. Not even close. They were added in 1992 after a competition was held for a new design for the building. Most of the figures represent Madrid. We could spot Cybele (she’s the one with the basket of fruit), Bacchus and Cupid.
Casa de la Panaderia has stood here for over 4 centuries. When Phillip II moved the royal court from Toldeo to Madrid in the mid-1500s, this was the first building to go up in the plaza.
It was originally the city’s main bakery and Bakers’ Guild. It has survived two catastrophic fires that destroyed most of the plaza, although it barely survived the 1672 fire and had to be substantially rebuilt.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t go inside the to see the Royal Hall which once housed the Kings’ chambers because it’s only open for functions and events. You can go into the ground floor, which is a very big Tourist Information centre.
Before you move on, if you look up, you can see King Carlos II’s coat of arms on the facade.
Written December 16, 2020
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Glasgow, UK156,914 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
The Casa de la Panadería, or Bakery House in English is a building that was erected during the construction of the Plaza Mayor. Originally used for various government agencies, it's now used as offices for tourism and there's a tourist information centre on the ground floor.

The building is very much in the Flemish style and has two towers and spires. The frescoes in the facade are very beautiful and at the centre of the facade is the Spanish coat of arms. You can't miss this building if visiting Plaza Mayor, so definitely take a close look, it's beautiful and a favourite target of selfie takers.
Written April 23, 2019
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Tucson, AZ11,140 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
As an architecture buff, I always turn my immediate attention to Casa de la Panaderia (Bakery House) when I first enter Plaza Mayor. The large 4-story building is flanked by two Flemish-style towers with spires and features beautiful allegorical frescoes on the facade. It has an attic with small rooms at the top and porticos at the ground floor.The building went up in 1619 as part of the transformation of the area from an open marketplace to an enclosed plaza. It was designed to house the Baker's Guild, powerful at the time because of its control over grain prices.

The notable frescoes, depicting mythological figures, only materialized in 1992. Those done in the early 1900s had fallen into bad condition and a public contest was held, requesting a design for the facade. Carlos Franco won and his design draws admirers from around the world.

Casa de la Panaderia itself has been remodeled many times throughout the years, and has had many occupants. It currently houses the Madrid Tourist Board with the excellent Madrid Tourism Center on the ground floor. I got much useful information there from an English-speaking employee.

This building can be found at number 27 on the north side of the plaza.
Written September 3, 2016
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Chicago, IL13 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Excellent square with impressive architecture. Super vivid and beautiful Colors. The only thing to mourn is the immense rain that has not allowed us to enjoy this beauty as we wished.
Written April 4, 2019
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Giorgio G
Washington DC, DC1,378 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
An impressive building in the Plaza Mayor, it stands out for its frescoed facade on the North side of the plaza. Burned down many times and many times rebuilt, it stands out an example of the many lives, many of Madrid’s have had during the 3-4 past centuries.
Written October 15, 2018
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Hong Kong, China147,428 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
The most beautiful part of Plaza Mayor is the centre section of the north side at the Casa de Panaderia building. This is where you find the four story facade decorated with delightful allegorical frescos painted in between each of the windows.

The building was originally constructed in 1619 when the square itself was being designed and created. However, the frescos you see today where the works of painters Claudio Coello and Jose Jimenez Donoso and were painted around 1790.

The facade images are quite enjoyable to view and help place Plaza Mayor as one of the most attractive squares in western Europe. Near the top of the facade, you will also find an image of the Spanish Coat of Arms just above the Plaza Mayor building sign. The facade is best to see with sunlight is shining against the facade, brings out the colours of the frescos very well.

Tip: You can take pictures of the individual images between each of the windows from just in front of the building. However, if you want to capture the entire facade, it is best to stand at south side of the square. From here you can take pictures which will include the equestrian statue of Felipe III in the foreground.
Written July 12, 2016
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Almere, The Netherlands1,752 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
Casa de la Panaderia is in my opinion the most impressive and most beautiful building on Plaza Mayor and perhaps of Madrid. The frescos painted on the outside (which are quite recent) are unique. Casa de la Panaderia, or the Bakery, was designed to house the Bakers Guild. At that time this was a powerful organization, because they controlled the price of grand and bread. This gave them great political and economical power and their building should represent this great importance. The building stands at the north side of the square and has two large towers with spires. In the middle of the building you can see a golden crown, which was the symbol of the guild.

Already in 1590 a wooden structure was built on the place of the Bakery. It was destroyed many times by heavy fires. The building we see today is from 1790 and was reconstructed by Juan de Villanueva. In 1914 Enrique Guijo was commissioned to do decorative paintings on the facade. In 1988 several artist were invited to replace the old and deteriorated paintings. Carlos Franco was chosen and he made the frescos in 1992.
The Bakers Guild used the building until 1732 and after that it was used for many other purposes. At the end of the 19th century, the Madrid City Council took over the building and it became the headquarters of the Municipal Library and Municipal Archives. Today it is occupied by the Madrid Tourist Board and the ground floor houses the Madrid Tourism Center. It is free to enter and it is open from 09:30 till 20:30. This is the place to get your Madrid tourist information!
Written June 13, 2014
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Sami S
Baghdad, Iraq85 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This building Makes one of the Sides of the Rectangular Plaza Mayor. We were told that there was a balcony where the Royalty used to stand during ceremonies that took place in the Plaza Mayor Square
Written June 22, 2019
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Bristol, UK1,040 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Nice to look at, especially when it is bathed in sunlight. The collonaded part is nice and cool when the sun it out too.
Written March 2, 2019
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Trenton, NJ194 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We were lucky to be in the city to enjoy the exhibit, " No Pasaran", about the republican defense of Madrid during the siege by Franco in the Civil War. The exhibit was sobering and intense, you could feel the pain, terrrr and patriotism of the defenders. The actual space is most convenient, right under the arches of Plaza Mayor, next to the Tourism office. Well light and comfortable, and quiet even with all the hustle and bustle above it.
Written June 7, 2018
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