Photographer's Note

100 years Gran Via. The Gran Vía is Madrid's most famous street. To walk along here is very interesting. Also a look to the rooftops is impressive, most of them are decorated with statues and sculpures.

Its origins, in the 19th century, lie in the need to communicate the north-west of the city to the historic centre which was (is!) traditionally a chaotic maze of small streets making any journey across the city a laborious task. Several proposals for this Great Way across the city were presented, the definitive one being approved in 1901 and for which construction began in 1910. The project was divided into 3 distinct sections, and work was finally terminated in 1929.

There are several important and interesting buildings located along the street, including the Edificio Metrópolis at the corner of Calle Alcalá and Gran Via - its grand columns holding decorative statues - and the Telefónica building at number 28 which is 88 metres tall and was Madrid's tallest skyscraper until 1953.

Exposure Time: 1/197
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 85/1 mm
Date Taken: 2010-05-01 16:57

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Additional Photos by Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5281 W: 56 N: 10482] (43763)
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