Plaza de la Villa
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Madrid's town council met in the medieval-looking complex here from the Middle Ages until 2009, when it moved to the new city hall headquarters in the Palacio de Cibeles. It now houses municipal offices. The oldest building on the plaza is the Casa de los Lujanes—it's the one with the Mudejar tower. Built as a private home in the late 15th century, the house carries the Lujanes crest over the main doorway. Also on the plaza's east end is the brick-and-stone Casa de la Villa, built in 1629, a classic example of Madrid design, with clean lines and spire-topped corner towers. Connected by an overhead walkway, the Casa de Cisneros was commissioned in 1537 by the nephew of Cardinal Cisneros. It's one of Madrid's rare examples of the flamboyant plateresque style, which has been likened to splashed water. Sadly, none of these landmarks are open to the public.