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Gran Vía (Madrid): The best known street in Spain

Gran Vía de Madrid is without doubt not only the best-known street of the capital, but also in Spain. However, it hides a series of interesting facts that you probably did not know and may be of great interest, so we decided to dedicate this article entirely to this emblematic enclave.


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One of the interesting facts about Gran Via of Madrid is that it has not always been called this name. In fact, this street has been referred to as Avenida del Quince and Medio, Avenida de Rusia or Avenida de José Antonio, which was a tribute to the Franco dictatorship, the figure of Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder and chief representative Traditionalist Spanish Falange (Falange Española Tradicionalista). Specifically, it was not until 1981, during the Spanish Transition, when this street received the name by which it is known today.

Its origins date back to 1862, at which time the historic centre of Madrid was underoging total renovation. However, its design by Octavio Palacios and Francisco José López Salaberry did not complete until 1899 and its construction was delayed until 1910. It did not complete until 1929. Its main purpose was to facilitate communication between Alcalá Street and Plaza de España.

Almost since its inception, the Gran Vía de Madrid has been a place known for its extensive range of leisure and fun. Many shops, cinemas, theatres and restaurants are the types of commercial establishments that can be found in great numbers on this street. In fact, the section that runs between Plaza de Callao and that of Spain is known popularly as Madrid's Broadway.

There are many architectural styles that come together in Gran Vía. And, in this sense, they have no place as the historical buildings, French-inspired, neo-Renaissance, neo-Baroque, etc. In any case, most of the structures are made of metal and masonry, which have ended up giving the street an entirely elite and unique image. Telefónica, which has been the highest building in the city for many years or the Palacio de la Prensa are some of the best examples.

At this point, it would be worth stating that anyone would be happy to live in Gran Via. Therefore, if you are interested in buying or renting a home in this emblematic enclave, contact Engel & Völkers real estate Madrid. We assure you that we will do everything in our power to find the home of your dreams.

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