Palacio de Santa Cruz
Madrid's grand central square, a rare but expansive opening in the tightly packed streets of central Madrid, is one of the prettiest...
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Visitas Guiadas Oficiales
Over 40 highly recommended walking, cycling and roller-blade tours conducted in Spanish and English. Organised by the Centro de Turismo...
Restaurante Los Galayos
Most of the restaurants surrounding Plaza Mayor are tourist traps, but Los Galayos, a few steps off the plaza’s southeastern corner and...
Plaza de la Provincia · interesting places nearby
Palacio de Santa Cruz information
Just off the southeastern corner of Plaza Mayor and dominating Plaza de Santa Cruz is this baroque edifice, which houses the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and hence can only be admired from the outside. A landmark with its grey slate spires, it was built in 1643 and initially served as the court prison.