Hi friends,

My next stop was the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain. This is a very old plaza located in the center of the old part of town. As I walked over the old stones that covered the plaza, the history of the place seemed to call out to me.

Construction of the first plaza at this location began in 1617 during the reign of Spanish King Phillip III (see his statue below.) But after a series of many fires, the plaza that we see today was finished in 1790 by the architect Juan de Villanueva.

There are nine entreways into the plaza like the one behind me in the picture below:

During the time of the Spanish Inquisition which began in the year 1478, many “autos de fe” and executions took place in this plaza.

Your curious, history-loving friend,

Peter, the Puppet