Plaza del Rey, Madrid

Plaza del Rey is home to the curiously named Casa de Las Siete Chimeneas (House of the Seven Chimneys) – apparently each representing one of the seven deadly sins. Completed in 1577, it’s one Madrid’s oldest buildings, and is now home to the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Plenty of lore is associated with the building, not least it was a place of confinement for the illegitimate daughter of Philip II. From a Brit interest it was the home of Britain’s ambassador to Spain after the restoration in 1660.

The plaza itself is a very pleasant refuge just off the Gran Via served by various cocktail bars and restaurants around its perimeter. Or just to grab some shade (or sun this early November) and a seat round the central fountain.

Plaza del Rey

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