Puerta del Sol is one of the nerve centres of Madrid. The first buildings surrounding this area were begun in the 16th Century, although the square took on the importance it holds today with the construction of the Casa de Correos building in 1768.
In the 19th Century the square was completely transformed and between 1857 and 1862 it took on its current look following the demolition of a number of buildings. This site, “kilometre zero” from which all radial roads out of Madrid start, has witnessed many different historical events, including the Esquilache Mutiny in 1766, the resistance against Napoleon’s troops on 2nd May 1808 and the coronation of Fernando VII in 1812.
Puerta del Sol Square
Plaza de la Puerta del Sol s/n
28013 Madrid (Madrid Region)
Regional Government of Madrid (Old Post Office Building)
This impressive 18th century building (constructed between 1766…
San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts
It was created during the reign of Philip II of Spain, and was…
San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum
The museum has a collection of paintings from the 16th-19th…