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Los edificios de la plaza de Callao

By | 20 March, 2014 | 0 comments

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.

Today we will tell you everything about the buildings of Plaza del Callao.

1) Edificio Carrión

It is the building located between Calle Jacometrezo and Gran Vía, whose emblematic profile on the street corner has been an icon for the centenary celebrations of this street.

Built between 1931 and 1933, it takes its name from its promoter, although it is also known as Edificio Capitol because it originally held a cinema and a hotel with that name. It has 14 floors and its construction took 30 months.

Edificio Carrión, en la plaza de Callao

2) Palacio de la Prensa

Slightly longer, four years in fact, it took the architect Pedro Muguruza Otaño to build this construction that is, architectonically speaking, of modern classicist style.

The bare-brick facade was a huge novelty at the time in what today is a huge identity sign for many buildings in Madrid. It is located between the second and third section of the Gran Vía and its most characteristic trait is the large arch of triumph that decorates its facade.

Palacio de la Prensa, en la plaza de Callao

3) Edificio Adriática

Few know the name of the building located in the south-western tip of the square, a building which is named after the insurance company that occupied the main floors when it was inaugurated. It is a classic construction with modern shapes that was built in 1926.

Especially outstanding is the clock tower located on the corner itself, with a pavilion with paired columns covered by a golden dome. Those who have a better eyesight or binoculars can distinguish the figures that represent day and night, alongside those that represent protection and saving, probably an idea from the owners of the insurance company.

Edificio Adriática, en Callao

4) Edificio FNAC

The building that has been the home of FNAC since 1993 was originally designed by Luis Gutiérrez Soto for the Galerías Preciados department store.

That is why he designed a space that rose vertically with a diaphanous interior thought out to favour sales, with outstanding sobriety.

Edificio FNAC en Callao

5) Cine Callao

The last name on the list is perhaps the most famous one, also built by Gutiérrez Soto. We are talking about Cine Callao, built between 1926 and 1927 in academic style, although some see some Spanish Neo-Baroque in its decoration of the facade and interior. At the top of Callao we can also see a tower, a copy of the one that crowns the Adriática building minus the columns and the clock, resembling more a lighthouse than a pavilion.

Cine Callao en Madrid

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Un paseo calmado y lleno de historia por la Gran Vía

By | 22 July, 2013 | 0 comments

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Un clásico de la Gran Vía: el Bar Chicote

By | 18 June, 2013 | 2 comments

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Los mejores musicales de la Gran Vía de Madrid

By | 18 May, 2013 | 0 comments

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Tiendas de regalos cercanas a la Gran Vía

By | 24 March, 2013 | 0 comments

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La Casa del Libro, el corazón de la Gran Vía madrileña

By | 21 February, 2013 | 0 comments

Carlos Ruiz Zafón would call it the cement of forgotten books. At least he does in his best known best-seller novel in Spain, a real Top Seller, La sombra del viento (The shadow of winter).

However, this museum of books, this real pinnacle of culture and Literature, this oasis of humanities, this festival for reason and the senses, is full of life and has become one of the best known bookshops in Madrid.

This is La Casa del Libro, a large venue dedicated to reading over several floors. It surprises those passing by in front of the number 29th of the oldest road in the capital of Spain, Gran Vía de Madrid.

As per the experts, this is the oldest and most traditional bookshop in the city, now, it has also the added attractive of being in a majestic building built at the beginning of the last century.

In  the Casa del Libro in Gran Vía there a space called Sala3, which is used for events. Every month there are book signatures and presentations by the latest authors.

So everybody can access the latest books on the market, Casa del Libro opens most of the day: Mondays to Saturdays it opens from 9.30am until 9.30pm. Sundays it also opens from 11am till 9pm.

The fastest way to get there, if you don’t live in the centre or live away from the city, is using the underground and getting off at Gran Vía, only a few metres away from the access of the macro-bookshop.

If you prefer to travel by road because you don’t like travelling through tunnels and underground, there are several bus lines: 1 , 2 , 3 , 46 , 74 , 146.

Los teatros invaden la Gran Vía de Madrid

By | 28 January, 2013 | 0 comments

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Restaurantes en plena Gran Vía de Madrid

By | 23 December, 2012 | 0 comments

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Los Almacenes Madrid-París en la Gran Vía

By | 23 October, 2012 | 2 comments

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La Casa de las Siete Chimeneas, junto a la Gran Vía

By | 25 September, 2012 | 0 comments

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