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The Casa de la Panadería stands on the north side of Plaza Mayor in the centre of old Madrid. Its name derives from the fact that it was once the city's bakehouse, though it has been used for many different purposes during its long history, which began in 1590 when the square started to be constructed.

The building itself has undergone several changes since then, most notably that carried out by Joaquín María de la Vega in 1880.

In 1988, the Madrid City Council convened a public contest to undertake the decorating of the facade, due to the severe deterioration of the paintings done by painter and ceramicist Enrique Guijo in 1914. Artists Guillermo Pérez Villalta, Sigfrido Martín Begué, and Carlos Franco were invited to participate in the contest. Carlos Franco won with a design based on mythological figures such as Cybele, Proserpine, Bacchus, and Cupid, as well as others invented by the artist, interwoven into the history of Madrid and the Plaza Mayor. The work was carried out in 1992.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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