The music is currently going through an excellent moment in time in Spain. The Gran Vía in Madrid has seen this genre re-emerge in the last few years inside its theatres, with large products viewed by millions of spectators: Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Beauty and the Beast…
Currently, Madrid is the third city in the world with the most musical shows, behind New York and London. If you are coming to Madrid this spring and you like musicals, we recommend three of them: read full article
Just a few yards from our hotel is Plaza de Callao. This small open esplanade in the middle of the Gran Vía is the meeting point between the streets of Carmen, Preciados, Postigo de San Martín and Jacometrezo, a place that 113 million people walk past every year.
It is wonderful to walk up or down the Gran Vía and stop at Plaza de Callao to admire its beautiful buildings from the early 20th century. However, when we look up to the sky, what can we see? read full article
Categories: Gran Vía de Madrid
1) Puente Segovia
The oldest bridge that crosses the Manzanares river, dating back to the period of King Felipe II. The king ordered one of favourite engineers to carry out the job, Don Juan de Herrera, who he also entrusted with other constructions such as the monastery of El Escorial and the palace of Aranjuez, among many others.
It is made of granite and characterizes itself for the semi-circular arch that decreases in size the further it goes away from the centre, with the two ends being the smallest.
2) Puente de Toledo
Its semi-circular arches and row of balconies are its most characteristic trait, producing a magical effect in the evenings and when the night falls as they reflect in the river’s waters. Of churrigueresque Baroque style, it was built between 1718 and 1732 by the architect Pedro de Ribera.
3) Puente de los Franceses
Its original name was not this one but the locals ended up giving it its current one due to the nationality of its builders. It was built by the French in approximately 1860 in bricks and granite, with the aim of giving the railway an access to the city.
4) Puente de la Reina Victoria
Built in the early 20th century, this reinforced-concrete bridge with Modernist touches owes its name to Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. Queen Victoria, granddaughter of the famous British queen of the same name, reigned between 1906 and 1931 as the consort of King Alfonso XIII.
5) Twin bridges: Matadero and Invernadero
These are two identical bridges that cross Madrid Río and lead to the old Madrid slaughterhouse, today a cultural space where we can visit art exhibitions and see shows. They are built out of concrete and their vaults have been decorated with mosaics by Daniel Canogar.