Plaza Mayor de Almagro next to Abrasador de Almagro

History of the Plaza de Almagro

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Almagro city always has several attractions known for their visit. The Corral de las Comedias, its history and exclusivity in Spain (unique in its kind worldwide, declared Monument 1955), next to the Plaza Mayor de Almagro are two of his main arguments for a leisurely visit the town in La Mancha.

The Corral de Comedias, unique in Spain

Plaza Mayor de Almagro for the town is the meeting point from building both its commercial and historical points. This conclave was established as the administrative center, commercial and social city. The buildings that form currently have domestic and commercial use. further, It is located in the center of the old town and the initial configuration of the square known as space was profoundly remodeled in the sixteenth century and later, in the XIX century.

View of the main square of Almagro, the main square

Architecture

In the first moment, the upper corridors were common knowledge, but in the second half of the nineteenth century it proceeded to privatization and glazing. It is configured as a public space elongated and homogeneous, You delimited by commercial arcades on the ground floor and two levels of galleries glazed structure formed by uprights and wooden shoes, woodworks with green.

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Ground is a slightly irregular rectangular space of one hundred and five meters long and thirty-seven wide, lintel structure consists of the arcades of Tuscan columns eighty one limestone.

Its type matches the typical Manchego place in a second phase of evolution. While the first phase would be to places with open galleries, balusters and wooden studs, the second phase will be closed galleries as a glassed boxes and the third will consist of tabicado galleries with factory, while maintaining the structural framework of wood.

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The west side of the square are privately owned buildings that remain the largest south side of the square and can be likened to the third stage of evolution in the types of places manchegas: tabicadas galleries with factory while maintaining the structural half-timbered, here sometimes hidden behind the plaster. Once you completed this section, buildings lose soportal, as it can be seen the bottom of the photograph on the right.

It has a singularity due in part to the proportion excessively elongated plant, and the perfect regularity of the facades of its long sides, interrupted only by the House de Molina.

Within uniformity, The square has unique elements: buildings, access and transition zones are the highlights. As a singular building, but adapted to the rest of the set, It is the House of the Lordship of Molina, located on the south side of the Plaza Mayor next to the Corral de Comedias, breaks the regular rhythm of arcades and glass galleries

Construction and transformation

The medieval square underwent a remarkable transformation over the sixteenth century, coinciding with the arrival of Almagro Fúcar, bankers subjects of the Emperor Charles V.

New buildings were erected in the square and due to them the influence of glazed galleries, They are ennobling and give a unique appearance to the two major sides of the square of Almagro, denomination that traditionally has been known, although at different times he has received other name as the Constitution, of the Republic, Real or Spain, after the last Civil War.

In the decade of 1960 which she concluded its restoration began in 1967, as indicated on a plate placed in the building of the City. The play, directed by the architect Francisco Pons-Sorolla, returned to the singular set the nobility and splendor of the sixteenth century.

Plaza Mayor in the beginning

Rectangular irregular, one of its major sides opens in the share of the Palacio Maestral, and according to old plans have 125 ells by 44 width, that is to say, 104,5 by 37 meters, approximately.

Plaza Mayor de Almagro has seen multiple shows national and international sources: He is seen in the starry sky aerobatics Don Quixote and has vibrated the floor paved with the eternal word of classical authors, with live music, theater, dance, horses or wizards. Universes that have permeated artistic baroque light of this unique open space, balanced, noble and elegant: the heart of Almagro.

During the visit to Almagro, It is the magnificent opportunity to visit to eat at the restaurant Scorching Almagro, where they specialize in grilled meat own parenting Anoja both beef and pork Iberian bait field. further, you can enjoy other specialties of the house like “fleshy desires” o los “Duels and losses”.

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