The Metropolis Building on the corner of Calle de Alcala and Gran Via in Madrid.

© Nadiia_foto/Shutterstock

Edificio Metrópolis

Top choice in Madrid

Among the more interesting buildings along Gran Vía is the stunning, French-designed Edificio Metrópolis, built in 1905, which marks the southern end of Gran Vía. The winged victory statue atop its dome was added in 1975 and is best seen from Calle de Alcalá or Plaza de la Cibeles. It's magnificent when floodlit, and for some it's Madrid's most beautiful building.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Madrid attractions

1. Círculo de Bellas Artes

0.03 MILES

For some of Madrid’s best views, take the lift to the 7th floor of the ‘Fine Arts Circle’. You can almost reach out and touch the glorious dome of the…

2. Edificio Grassy

0.04 MILES

Edificio Grassy, with the Rolex sign, was built in 1916. With its circular ‘temple’ as a crown, and profusion of arcs and slender columns, it’s one of the…

3. Casa de las Siete Chimeneas


A block northwest of the Plaza de la Cibeles is this 16th-century mansion that takes its name from the seven chimneys it still boasts. They say that the…

4. Banco de España

0.15 MILES

Built in 1891, Spain's national bank is perfectly suited to Plaza de la Cibeles.

5. Congreso de los Diputados

0.16 MILES

Spain’s lower house of parliament was originally a Renaissance building, but it was completely revamped in 1850 and given a facade with a neoclassical…

6. Palacio Buenavista

0.17 MILES

Set back amid gardens on the northwest edge of Plaza de la Cibeles stands the Palacio Buenavista, now occupied by the army (and not open to the public)…

7. Plaza de la Cibeles


Of all the grand roundabouts that punctuate the Paseo del Prado, Plaza de la Cibeles most evokes the splendour of imperial Madrid. The jewel in the crown…