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Another postcard from Madrid.
One of the loveliest places in Madrid is Plaza de la Villa.
The Plaza de la Villa (Town Square) is a picturesque small square in the heart of Madrid, not far from the much larger Plaza Mayor. In contrary to the latter, the buildings at the Plaza de la Villa all have contrasting styles.

The largest building at the square is the former Town Hall or Casa de la Villa (ayuntamiento). Construction started in 1644 by Juan Gómez de Mora, the architect of the Plaza Mayor. The building served both as town hall and prison, hence the two symmetrical doors. The left one gave entrance to the prison, the other one to the town hall.
In 2007 the grander 'Palacio de Comunicaciones' took over the role of Madrid's town hall.
An arch connects the Casa de la Villa with the Casa de Cisneros, a castle built in 1537 by Benito Jimenez de Cisneros, a nephew of Cardinal Cisneros. The castle was built in the plasteresque style, a Spanish version of early Renaissance style.
The oldest building at the Plaza de la Villa, the Torre de los Lujanes (Lujanes Tower), is also one of the oldest buildings in Madrid. The tower was constructed in the 15th century in Mudejar style. The structure features a gothic porch decorated with three coats of arms.

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