Calle Rompelanzas (shaft breaking street), is one of the three streets that cross the well-known, and the busiest shopping street, Preciados.
These are pedestrian streets, and in the case of calle Rompelanzas, it is less than 20 meters long, making it, the shortest street of Madrid.
In the sixteenth century, when El Carmen Church was inaugurated, the “corregidor” or Royal representative, Luis Gaitan, ordered to demolish a few houses that existed at this location, to make a way between the two old streets, forming a narrow pathway.
This street was so short and narrow, that the carriages had a lot of trouble to make it through the sharp turn. In many cases got the shafts of these carriages got broken as it is shown on the street sign below.