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Gran Via


Gran Via

La Gran Vía is the best-known street in Madrid. Historically it has received many other names like Russian Avenue or Fifteen and a half Avenue. The most important was José Antonio Avenue, in tribute to Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera for his victory in the Civil War.

The construction of the Gran Vía was a project that lasted several decades from start to finish. The first sketches date back to 1862, when part of the historic center of Madrid was renovated, but the final design did not arrive until 1899 when the architects José López Salaberry and Francisco Octavio Palacios presented the project. The works finally began in 1910 and ended in 1929.

The Gran Vía has been one of the most important works of Spain, had to demolish more than 300 houses and affected almost 50 streets. Thanks to the Gran Via, a better communication between the center of Madrid (Calle Alcalá) and the northwest of the city (Plaza de España) was achieved.

Currently, in Gran Vía we will find basically three types of establishments: restaurants, fashion shops and cinemas. To the present day, the cinemas are of fallen layer and every time there is less; In its apogee, Gran Vía received the nickname of the Madrid Broadway.

Gran Vía is one of the nerve centers of Madrid and in it you can find atmosphere at any time of the day throughout the year.

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