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Fucar Street in Las Letras District

The district of Madrid Centro is full of surprises. After all, this is a place that has first-hand experience of the most important events in the history of Spain and, in many cases, the world, which have left their mark on the city. Undoubtedly, one of the most unknown areas but, at the same time, the most interesting ones is Fúcar Street located in the district of Las Letras. Do you know why? We are going to tell you right here.

Who were the Fúcares?

The Fúcares or rather, the Fuggers, as they are now known by, were a rich family of businessmen who specialised in the financial sector and came to Madrid from Germany. They enjoyed great prestige and power during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Based on some facts and legends, one of the Fúcares married the daughter of a famous innkeeper who ran his business in León Street, on the corner of Huertas. This story could not have been more important if it were not because of the writer, Francisco de Quevedo, who mentioned this love story in the first verse of one of his most famous romance novels.

Fúcar Street in the district of Las Letras

It is quite interesting that the Fúcares, who, as we have already mentioned, were wealthy German businessmen and based their residence in the district of Las Letras. Traditionally, this was an area reserved for comedians and people who were devoted to art, so it was not usual for people from the upper social class to live there. However, there is written proof that confirms this to be true.

Madrid - La calle Fucar en el Barrio de las Letras

Foto: © Engel & Völkers Madrid

To get a better idea, the district of Las Letras, which is not an administrative area within Madrid Centro, borders from west with Jacinto Benavente Square and Cruz Street, to the south with Atocha Street, to the north with the San Jerónimo and to the east with Paseo del Prado. In addition, it covers symbolic streets such as Huertas and Echegaray that are also located there.

A little history about Fúcar Street

As we already mentioned, the Fúcars resided in Madrid between the 15th and 16th centuries. However, according to the plan of Teixeira from 1656, the street that pays tribute to its name was actually called "Trinitarians Street". Similarly, according to Espinosa's plan of 1769, the name of this road was 'Jesús Street', which was because of the chapel of Jesús Nazareno that is located there. Therefore, it can be affirmed that the recognition of this family came long after they left the capital.

In summary, Fúcar Street, which displays the image of Kristof Fugger on a plaque, the first representative of the family that arrived in the capital, is full of history, anecdotes and secrets. We hope to have revealed the most important ones in this article and from now on, whenever you pass through this street, you will recall the related stories about this area.

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