Madrid Travel Guide

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Puerta del Sol

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Published 08/20/2018

Fodor's Review

Crowded with people, hawkers, and street performers, the Puerta del Sol is the nerve center of Madrid. The city's main metro interchange, the largest in the world, is below. A brass plaque in the sidewalk on the south side of the plaza marks Kilometer 0, the point 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, Madrid, 28013, Spain

Published 08/20/2018


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