Plaza Mayor, has a history dating back from 1494, and has been the centre of many anecdotes and legends, since it has been the location for the main market of town, as well as the place for public executions up to 1815.
You can still see the “Casa de la Panadería” (Bakery House) , on the north side and in front , where there was the main slaughterhouse.
Since 1860 it is a tradition in December, the Christmas market in the Plaza Mayor .
In the galleries and arcades, where once were the guilds, today there are many bars with terraces, and shops, most them souvenirs, stamps, and coin collecting shops.
As the main trading centre of the city , there are numerous events and legends of the Plaza Mayor of Madrid.
In the second half of the nineteenth century, there were rumors that in this square, there were sightings of specters and ghostly figures, to the point that prayer groups of citizens were formed to plead for their souls, and eternal rest.
Another important event was the so-called “Motín de los Gatos” (Mutiny of the Cats), a great popular uprising due to the food shortages, specially bread, that occurred in 1699 .Tags:legends, madrid tours, paseos turísticos, plaza mayor, plaza mayor, cesar pelli, terrazas, travel, turismo, viajes