Gran Vía (literally "Great Way") is an ornate and upscale shopping street located in central Madrid. It leads from Calle de Alcalá, close to Plaza de Cibeles, to Plaza de España.
The lively street is one of the city's most important shopping areas, with a large number of hotels and large movie theaters; it is also noted for the grand architecture prevalent among many of its buildings. Now, most of the theatres are being replaced by shopping malls. Also, it is 2.2 kilometres away from Estadio VIcente Calderon Stadium of Atletico de Madrid.
The Gran Vía of Madrid has many historical names, both official and unofficial. Conception divided the Road in three parts. The first one was built between 1910 and 1917 and was called Calle del Conde de Peñalver ("Count of Peñalver Street"). Second part of the project started on 1917 and was ended on 1921. It was named Calle de Pi y Margall ("Francisco Pi y Margall Street") because of a deceased politician. Third part of the Road and last one did not start until 1925 and was called Calle Eduardo Dato Iradier ("Eduardo Dato Street") because of another politician.
Three months before the Spanish Civil War began, the Second Spanish Republic changed some streets names under leftist influence. The two first parts of the avenue were called Avenida de la C.N.T. ("C.N.T. Avenue"). When the Civil War started, the avenue was named Avenida de Rusia ("Russia Avenue") due to the support of this country to the Spanish Republic, but its name would be changed to Avenida de la Unión Soviética ("Soviet Union Avenue"). However, the avenue was popularly nicknamed as Avenida de los obuses ("howitzer avenue") because of the continues bombardments by the Nationalist forces loyal to Francisco Franco. The reason for the continuous attacks on this place was the placement of the "Edificio de Telefónica" in this street.
Just after the end of the war when the rebels entered in Madrid they changed the name of the road and named it Avenida de José Antonio ("José Antonio Avenue") after one of their greatest politician figures, founder of the fascist party, Falange. It wouldn't be until 1981, in Spain democracy when the socialist mayor restored the names of 27 streets and the avenue was simply named Gran Vía ("Great Road").
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mesutilgim (80602) 2010-02-18 13:52
Nice capture from Madrid !
Nice cloudy sky, good pov and nice layout.
Well framed and enriched with nice, usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
Manamo (3654) 2010-02-18 14:11
I love this city! and I love this angle!
However, I have a weird feeling...There is something weird in the sky. Is it an added sky from another photo? The edges of the buildings are not blending well with the sky and just over the last building on the right, there is a weird line.
Anyway, it's a very nice shot! I like it as it is. I think there is just a bit of tewaking to do at the top of the buildings.
Hunkar (6832) 2010-02-18 14:33
Nice architecture scene from Gran Via with great buildings,
ciakgiak (30407) 2010-02-18 14:36
molto bella l'atmosfera che si respira in quest'immagine, splendidi palazzi, grande senso del movimento dato dalle auto, ed un meraviglioso contrasto col cielo grigio.
Un caro abbraccio.
diomed (13926) 2010-02-18 17:04
the lights' conditions, the dramatic sky and the strong perspective give to the capture a particular fascination. There is also an intriguing atmosphere. Beautifull diagonal.
PaulVDV (20711) 2010-02-18 18:03
A very dramatic looking picture of the famous avenue in the centre of Madrid with so many buildings with a special architectural design.
I remember when I walked the first time on this very busy avenue and I wasn't impressed much till the moment I started looking up to the upper parts of these richtly decorated buildings. Gran Via is one of those roads where you have to look up high above your head all the time.
Thanks for the historical note.
Best regards, Paul
edge (6070) 2010-02-18 20:17
Hello Manuel, This is a great looking street scene. The lighting is exceptional and no building keystone either. I feequently have distortion when I use a wide angle lens and try to capture everything. You did a good job on this picture. This apparently is at dusk as one can see the grey clouds in the background. Regards, Roger
PixelTerror (0) 2010-02-18 22:23
I think I have slept in this hotel Atlantico once... nice Gran via perspective where we can see these nice buildings
have a nice day jy
polpo56 (15134) 2010-02-18 23:47
sono stato qualche mese fa a Madrid ed il ricordo della Gran Via è ancora impresso nella mia mente.
Bella la diagonale formata dai palazzi sovrastati dal cielo nuvoloso.
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-02-19 0:00
Buen punto de vista de la Gran Vía, con fantásticos colores, a pesar del día tormentoso, o gracias a él.
vasilpro (40861) 2010-02-19 0:23
Excellent composition, interesting architecture, very good POV with very nice perspective, beautiful atmosphere.
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
foozi (7101) 2010-02-19 0:42
very well taken lines and shapes of the buildings in clarity and sharpness.
I like the perspective very much as it allows the eyes to vwenture into the street.
Well composed street shot.
dta (63508) 2010-02-19 1:52
Hola Manuel ,
A gorgeous architecture , a great sky and an excellent perspective . I lke a lot the mood , in this shot , but I don't know exactly why .
celmaleite (4974) 2010-02-19 2:46
Maravilhosa cidade de Madrid! Aí vemos um conjunto sensacional de prédios antigos, uma arquitetura fantástica. Luz, nitidez e cores excelentes. Bonito trabalho, parabéns!
francio64 (38264) 2010-02-19 5:22
bella immagine di una strada che ricordo con nostalgia.
Sono stati bei giorni quelli miei a Madrid nel lontano 1997.
Bella la Spagna!
Ottima la resa cromatica.
Morac (27663) 2010-02-19 9:15
Bel alignement de façades qui montre bien la beauté de cette architecture.
ymrk (14955) 2010-02-19 13:00
very regular seem of street,sooo great outlook down the road..
I've asked you at last day on FB,will you come the meeting? :)
macjake (52962) 2010-02-19 20:22
i love these downtown city shots of places i've never been to before. This is exactly why i love TE.
Thanks for showing us this busy area
coco (30439) 2010-02-20 9:53
Hola Don Manuel.
Primero, gracias por tu última crítica. Y luego me gusta lo sencillo y espectacular, a la vez, de la foto. Solo que en algunos sitios parece que haya una marca que duga: "hemos tocado el cielo". O puede que solo sea una impresión que tengo.
En cualquier caso, un saludo.
adramad (35663) 2010-02-20 14:29
Fantastica captura de nuestra Gran Via, me gusta esta composicion formando una diagonal con una buena perspectiva con la linea de edificios y una gran profundidad en la imagen.
Unos bonitos colores bien contrastados que junto al cielo oscuro y amenazador crea una composicion con un aire de cierto dramatismo.
Disfruta del fin de semana.
Ninello52 (7525) 2010-03-01 13:36
Bellissima questa infilata di architetture quasi esasperata! Mi piace la luce senza sole diretto e senza ombre, fantastiche le puntellature cromatiche dei blù! Ottima composizione!
Kofman (2270) 2010-04-16 10:31
Ta Gran Via est magnifique aussi! La photo est faite un mois avant la mienne mais les immeubles sont toujours les même et toujours de façon si incroyablement hétérgènes et beaux.
JFS (32459) 2010-04-22 23:27
Veo en tu galería que eres detallista y que amas la arquitectura. Me gusta mucho tu trabajo. Intentaré estar más al tanto...hay demasiadas fotos y demasiadas galerias para poder controlarlo todo. Esta fotografía de la Gran Vía me parece espectacular y peculiar pues a primera vista me ha hecho dudar que fuera esa calle y ya es dudar!
- Copyright: Manuel Mayorga (ManuMay) (34409)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-02-17
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Ixus 95 IS
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/640 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Madrid, Most rated, 100 years Gran Via!! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-02-18 13:40