Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Spain. Alberto de Churriguera was the person who designed its Baroque style and started its construction in 1728. The square has arcaded buildings, three stories tall, in a uniform architectural style. The buildings have semicircular arches and balustrades. The City Hall is located on the north side and was built by Andres Garcia de Quiñones, built as a Baroque building that has five granite arches and a steeple decorated with allegoric figures. There are medallions of Charles I, Alfonso XI, Fernando VI, Cervantes, and Saint Teresa. The eastern facade of the square has the Royal Pavilion and has a large semi-circular arch that opens up to the Calle de Toro. There is a balcony over the arch which was used by Royalty to view the events held in the square. The colonnaded square is decorated with medallions that show kings and famous men, and these were done by the sculptor Manuel de Larra Churriguera. This square is the center of life in the city.