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The Plaza Mayor (English: Main Square) is a major public space in the heart of Madrid, the capital of Spain. It was once the centre of Old Madrid and was first built (1580–1619) during the Habsburg period of Philip III's reign. The Plaza Mayor is a place for the people of Madrid and tourists to shop, walk around, eat, and enjoy the outdoors.

Today, the Plaza Mayor is rectangular in shape and highlights the uniformity of the architecture. The Plaza measures 129 metres x 94 metres (423 feet x 308 feet). 237 balconies are present on the three-story residential buildings that face inward towards the Plaza.

To enter or exit Plaza Mayor, there are ten entrances to choose from, including nine gates. In the centre of the square stands a statue of Philip III on a horse, which was placed in 1848.

The Plaza Mayor has been the scene of many events throughout its history, including executions and bullfights and football games. Today, it is the location of the annual Christmas market. Every Sunday and on bank holidays it hosts a stamp collecting and coin collecting market in the mornings.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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