This large Plaza is located in the city centre, at the intersection of Gran Vía and Princesa streets. Here you will find the Cervantes Monument, one of the most popular tourist spots. The Monument was made by Rafael Martínez Zapatero and Lorenzo Cullaut Valera and was inaugurated in 1915.
The Plaza has a fountain with a pond, and seasonally landscaped and wooded areas. Flanking the Plaza we find two emblematic buildings of the city: The Madrid Tower and the Edificio España, which constitute one of the most interesting architectural areas of the capital.
The Madrid Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Madrid. It is 465 feet high and was built in 1957 by the brothers Julián and José María Otamendi Machimbarrena. They had been hired by the Compañía Inmobiliaria Metropolitana, for whom they had already built the Edificio España.
The Edificio España is one of Madrid’s most representative skyscrapers. The Otamendi brothers built it in 1953 in Neo-Baroque style. It has a staggered silhouette of four heights, and enjoys considerable protection from the City Council itself. Standing at 117 metres tall and with 25 floors, it is the eighth tallest building of the Spanish capital, including the Cuatro Torres Business Area skyscrapers.