Cultural Rutes

THE AUSTRIAS ROUTE
 
This is the name of the part of Madrid built during the reign of the dynasty of the Habsburgs, from Felipe I to Carlos II, who died in 1700. In 1561 Felipe II makes Madrid the capital of the Empire. The administration moves to Madrid and then the shops, convents... arise.
 
MADRID OF THE AUSTRIAS
 
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To follow the route click on the numbers
   
6. PLAZA DE LA VILLA
 
   
Following Calle Mayor downwards we come to the Plaza de la Villa. Square where one can see the Casa de la Villa. Currently used by the Town Council of Madrid.
  Initially built in 1644 by Juan Gómez de la Mora, also author of the Plaza Mayor. The facade that overlooks Calle Mayor was designed by Juan de Villanueva years later, in 1787, in Neo-classical style.

Inside one can highlight the Patio de los Cristales (Patio of the Glasses), the Salón de Goya or the Salón Real (Royal Hall). Opposite the Casa de la Villa is the Casa Cisneros, built in the 16th century in Renaissance style. Currently part of the Town Hall of Madrid.

The Tower of the Lujanes, also in the Plaza de la Villa, built in stone in the 15 the century with a gothic doorway.

It was used as the prison of King Francisco I of France.