Plaza de Ramales

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Plaza de Ramales information

Location
Madrid , Spain
Getting there
Metro: Ópera
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This pleasant little triangle of open space is not without historical intrigue. Joseph Bonaparte ordered the destruction of the Iglesia de San Juanito to open up a pocket of fresh air in the then-crowded streets. It is believed Velázquez was buried in the church; excavations in 2000 revealed the crypt of the former church and the remains of various people buried in it centuries ago, but Velázquez was nowhere to be found. On the west side of the plaza is the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía , a prestigious musical conservatory which sometimes hosts concerts.