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This is the Casa de la Villa, former headquarters of the Madrid City Council

Casa de la Villa, former city hall of Madrid

The Villa SquareIt is one of the most interesting corners of the Madrid of the Austrias, where you find one of the oldest medieval houses left in the city, the House and Tower of Lujanes.

But especially in this square you can see the House of the Villa, building from the end of the 17th century that has been the town hall until the recent transfer of the City of Madrid to the Communications palaceof the Plaza de Cibeles.

The House of the Villa It was built in Baroque style, and it was finished in 1696.


Plenary Hall of the House of the Villa in Madrid

Since then it has had several renovations, the most important being the one carried out in 1789 by the architect Juan de Villanueva.

Until recently the House of the Villa you could visit within the program of guided tours of the Madrid City Council, but not today.

Now it is only used for official events and receptions, and since I have had the opportunity to visit it, to quench your curiosity, I will indicate what are the most interesting corners of this historic building.

What to see in the Casa de la Villa

At first the first thing you will find is called Crystal Hall, which was originally a large rectangular interior patio on whose second floor opened some balconies.


Crystal Hall at the Casa de la Villa in Madrid

But a reform was carried out with what in the patio a second floor was installed, which was covered with a large window that gives the name to the current room.

In this way, the Crystal Hall It has remained as a large distribution room from which you can access the different rooms on the second floor through doors that occupy what used to be the balconies.

Two are the most prominent rooms of the House of the Villa of Madrid, and they will focus on the guided tour.

On the one hand, the so-called Goya Hall, where you will see the copy of a large painting of Goya (the original is in the municipal Museum).


Goya lounge at the Casa de la Villa in Madrid

This painting has a curious history because it had to be repainted several times.

In the hole where reference is now made to May 2, 1808, he successively portrayed Jose Bonaparte, the Constitution of Cádiz, again Jose Bonaparte, and then to Fernando VII.

But what will most attract your attention if you have the opportunity to see the Hall of Goya of the House of the Villa It is the original 17th century ceiling, from the time of the Austrias, where you can see that the shield of Spain still includes Portugal.


Goya lounge at the Casa de la Villa in Madrid

It also highlights the large chandelier, original of the La Granja Crystals Factory.

Perhaps the most important room in your guided tour of the House of the Villa of Madrid is the Plenary Hall, which is still used by the City of Madrid.

Reformed at the time of the mayor Tender Galvan, in the 80s, with a ornate decoration in which the red color is imposed, it shows all the splendor that the main hall of the city hall requires.

In it the most outstanding from the artistic point of view is the decoration of its ceiling.


Original Mariblanca statue in the House of the Villa of Madrid

Inside the House of the Villa two are also preserved Madrid city icons.

On the one hand, the original statue of the Mariblanca, of which there is a copy in the Sun Gate.

And on the other, the Madrid processional custody, a huge solid silver cup, weighing 161 kilos, made in 1563 by Francisco Alvarez in Plateresque style, which is still used in the festivity of the Corpus Chisti.


Processional custody of Madrid at the Casa de la Villa

Pictures House of the Villa in Madrid

If you're curious, here you can see more photos of the House of the Villa, former headquarters of City of Madrid.









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