The Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo!!!

Ok so this is new but it has briefs notes in my other posts on Madrid. I just took the text out and creating a single post on it here. This is the spot of the other team of Madrid so enough said. However, the square is very nice and in the middle sits the Fuente de Neptuno fountain. Let me tell you a bit more about the Plaza de Cànovas del Castillo ok.

The Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo is a large, almost circular roundabout located on the border of the Cortes district and the Retiro district, occupying the heart of the old Prado Hall and centered on the Neptune Fountain since 1898. The Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, the headquarters of the Cortes (Spanish parliament) and the monumental buildings of the Westin Palace Hotel and the Ritz Hotel are very close. Since 1895, a municipal agreement baptized it with the name of the 19C politician Antonio Cánovas del Castillo.

The square is framed by the Paseo del Prado, with the Palacio de Villahermosa, and the landscaped space of the Plaza de la Lealtad and the Ritz hotel, which facing diagonally has the Westin Palace hotel (stayed here!) occupying the plaza to Poniente in the confluence of the Carrera de San Jerónimo with the Plazuela de las Cortes streets. You have the Calle de Felipe IV, with the entrance of Murillo to the Prado National Art Gallery, the continuation of the walk to the neighboring Glorieta de Atocha, and the entrance of the Calle de Cervantes.


The whole of the Westin Palace Hotel and its services were seized, looted and mistreated by the French occupation army in the course of the Spanish War of Independence (May 1808). Half a century later, in 1857 part of the land was urbanized to extend Calle Lope de Vega to Paseo del Prado; A similar process was carried out at the beginning of the 20C so that Calle de Cervantes reached the Prado and Calle Jesús reached the Cortes (parliament). After the death of the fiftieth Duke of Medinaceli in 1873, his widow moved to the new ducal palace on the Paseo de Recoletos corner of the Plaza de Colón. The old palace was demolished in 1910 to build part of the estate of the Westin Palace Hotel you see today.


The Neptune fountain in the middle (see post) was designed in 1777 and built between 1782 and 1786. Although originally it was located at the descent of the Carrera de San Jerónimo, later, in 1898 it was moved to the place it occupies today.

mad fuente de neptuno side may16

The Madrid tourist office on the Neptune fountain in English:

There you go folks another dandy combination in my beloved Madrid; never ceased to amazed me on its architecture and historical beauty. Hope you enjoy the Plaza Cànovas del Castillo and the Fuente de Neptuno.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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