Madrid Sights

Puerta del Sol

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Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Crowded with people but pedestrian-friendly, the Puerta del Sol is the nerve center of Madrid. The city's main subway interchange is below, and buses fan out from here. A brass plaque in the sidewalk on the south side of the plaza marks Kilometer 0, the spot from which all distances in Spain are measured. The restored 1756 French-neoclassical building near the marker now houses the offices of the regional government, but during Franco's reign it was the headquarters of his secret police, and is still known colloquially as the "Casa de los Gritos" (House of Screams). Across the square are a bronze statue of Madrid's official symbol, a bear with a madroño (strawberry tree), and a statue of King-Mayor Carlos III on horseback.

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Madrid, 28013, Spain

Published 08/18/2015

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Mar 30, 2016

Heart of Madrid

Nobody visits Madrid and misses out on Puerta del Sol, or he didn't see the best thing about the city at all. The most memorable sites and attractions (El Oso y el Madrono, the plaza itself), excellent food (Museo del Jamon, Chocolateria San Gines ), shopping (El Corte Ingles, souvenir shops big and small) - just about everything is here a tourist will want to see and know about Madrid. No other place just compares.

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