Madrid, Spain

Madrid

JANUARY 24, 2009 – FEBRUARY 06, 2009

The city of Madrid is located at the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. It is also the political center of Spain, as well as the capital city. In fact, it is the third most populous city in terms of urban area in the European Union after only Paris and London. Although the site of modern-day Madrid has been occupied from as far back as pre-historic times, it is better known for being settled along the banks of the Manzanares River by the Roman Empire during the 2nd century B.C. Originally the Romans gave the name “Matrice” to the area, but as they had difficulties defending the Iberian Peninsula, the Visigoths later conquered it during the 5th century A.D. and the name was changed to “Mayrit”, which later evolved into the modern-day spelling of Madrid … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

Puerta del Sol

Madrid, Spain

puerto del sol

The Puerta del Sol is among the most important spaces, not only in the city of Madrid, but in the entire country of Spain. The reason for this is the origin point of numbering and distance in the Spanish road system exists at this location. The exact point is denoted with a plaque on the ground just in front of the clock tower, marking it both the symbolic and literal center of Spain. As one would expect, many of the important places in the city are spread equally around the square; the Royal Palace is to the far west, Plaza Mayor to the southwest, museum district and parliament to the east, and train station to the south … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]