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Plaza Mayor



Madrid, Comunidade de Madrid, Espanha
Madrid, Spain


The Plaza del Arrabal, the village's principal market, first appeared in the fourteenth century at the intersection of the routes connecting Toledo and Atocha, outside the medieval city. At that time, a first portified structure had been constructed to control local trade. Philip II hired Juan de Herrera to redesign the square in 1580 after moving the courts to Madrid in 1561. The first structure to rise in the new square in 1590 was the Casa de la Panadera, which was overseen by Diego Sillero. Juan Gómez de Mora was hired to complete the project in 1619 after Philip III gave him the go-ahead in 1617.  
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