Plaza de la Villa (Town Square) is a picturesque small square in the heart of Madrid, Spain, not far from the much larger Plaza Mayor (Major Square).
Constructed between 1644 and 1696, the largest building at the square is the former Town Hall or Casa de la Villa (ayuntamiento). The building served both as Town Hall and Prison. 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.
At the center of the square is a statue of Alvaro de Bazan, the Spanish Admiral who planned the Armada, the fleet that attempted to invade England.
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