Sol

In this small neighborhood built in the 16th century, the Plaza del Sol used to mark the city’s geographic center. The square has been renovated a number of times—the last renovation taking place in 2005–09—and it’s no longer the city center; as the city grows, its center has been displaced to the east. Sol encompasses, among other sites, the monumental Plaza Mayor, and also the popular pedestrian shopping area in between the Plaza Mayor and Callao.

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Puerta del Sol

Crowded with people but pedestrian-friendly, the Puerta del Sol is the nerve center of Madrid. The city's main subway interchange…

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Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando

Designed by José Churriguera in the waning baroque years of the early 18th century, this museum showcases 500 years of…

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Plaza Mayor

Austere, grand, and often surprisingly quiet compared with the rest of Madrid, this public square—finished in 1620 under Felipe III,…

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